LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - Military moms are trying to help their soldiers deal with the stresses of war. One in five military veterans struggle to cope with memories of war, a syndrome called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Thursday night, the group Blue Star Mothers hosted a panel discussion about PTSD in Lexington. They talked about the symptoms, which include avoidance, depression, nightmares and even feeling suicidal.
One soldier said the stress of war was so bad, he tried to kill himself. "I came to a point where I couldn't go on anymore," said Michael Strong. "I blacked out and woke up laying in a pool of blood. I had attempted to shoot myself, to kill myself."
If you know someone suffering from PTSD, there are resources available:
- Hidden Wounds
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1 for veterans)
- Dr. Gloria Neumann, 803-776-4000x6396
- Columbia VET Center, 803-765-9944
- Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury 24/7 Info Hotline, 1-866-966-1020
- Freedom & Hope Foundation, 803-271-1861