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San Diego Veterans Group Works To Raise Awareness About PTSD

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Roughly 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Some studies suggest suicide risk is higher in those who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.

Monday is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day, and a local organization is launching a campaign urging struggling veterans to have the courage to ask for help.

The Three Wise Men Foundation, founded by former San Diego Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, is rolling out a public service announcement on social media on Monday that features local veterans who suffer from PTSD.

Fletcher, who is a veteran himself, told KPBS Midday Edition on Monday that the majority of veterans who suffer from PTSD don't get help because of the stigma.

"There's no shame in our physical injuries, " he said. "We brag about them. But (if) that same experience caused a mental health injury, no veteran would openly say, 'I have post-traumatic stress.' And that's what we have to flip."


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