Here’s some trivia to remember. The first celebration using the term Veterans Day occurred in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1947. In Charlotte, North Carolina we have, HopeWay, an accredited nonprofit mental health treatment facility helping our Veterans. They provide behavioral health and education for adults and their families. It is vital that Veterans and their family members know the signs and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related mental health issues. Signs and symptoms of PTSD vary from person to person. If you find difficulty sleeping, nightmares or vivid memories of an event, that might be a sign. Also losing interest in things that used to bring joy. Many feel on edge, irritated or angry.
HopeWay wants to share the importance of mental health services for veterans because every single life matters. The rate of PTSD may be up to 15 times higher, coupled with feelings of depression up to five times higher for active duty service members compared to civilians. Our military men and women have so much bravery and sacrifice quite a bit, and we owe them a nice smiles and big thank you throughout the year, but especially on November 11th.