PTSD Awareness Month

Focus on the military

With the Memorial Day holiday, I am aware that this is a difficult day for those who have lost a loved one in the service of our country. For many people the Memorial Day holiday kicks off the summer as they celebrate with barbeque and corn-on-the-cob. But for those who have lost a loved one, it is a bittersweet day to remember and honor their loved one. Let us remember those who have given their lives, and also honor their families and the veterans who have served our country, too.

As June begins this week, our nation also observes Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. PTSD is the critical issue that is WMU’s focus for Project HELP. During this week as we think of those who have served in the military of our country, there are several things you can do to become more aware of this issue.

  • Read the article, Project HELP: PTSD—Ministering to Military Families .  Choose at least one idea from the article that you will do this month.
  • Use the information in Drawing Near: Understanding and Supporting Those with PTSD* to learn more about PTSD and how you can respond.
  • Use the 7-day prayer plan this week, included in Drawing Near, to pray for people with PTSD.
  • Involve your preschoolers at home or in Mission Friends in making cards to send to veterans at a Veterans Administration hospital or nursing home.
  • Read about PTSD on sites such as the National Center for PTSD (ptsd.va.gov) or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Alliance (ptsdalliance.org).

Though military personnel are not the only persons who may suffer from PTSD, this week as we celebrate Memorial Day it is fitting to focus on those in the military and their families. With thankfulness for their service, let us pray for God’s healing peace to surround those with PTSD.

*Order Drawing Near: Understanding and Supporting Those with PTSD (W144102 • $9.99) by calling WMU Customer Service 1-800-968-7301. Shipping and handling charges apply.

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