Elderly Veterans and PTSD: June is National PTSD Awareness Month

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The diagnosis of a terminal illness can bring about symptoms of PTSD in those that have suppressed memories and emotions for years.

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Elderly Veterans and PTSD: June is National PTSD Awareness Month

  1. 1. Elderly Veterans and PTSD: June is National PTSD Awareness Month
  2. 2. June is National PTSD Awareness Month. It is important that we remember that many older Americans served during WWII and the Korean War, 25% of all deaths in the US are veterans. PTSD symptoms can appear late in life.
  3. 3. Many people think the VA takes care of these war time veterans but the truth is that of the 1800 veterans who die each day the VA cares for a minority them at the end of life: 96% die in the community.
  4. 4. The diagnosis of a terminal illness can bring about symptoms of PTSD in those that have suppressed memories and emotions for years.
  5. 5. The military culture is unique and promotes stoicism, those that served can see fear and admitting pain as weaknesses. But, that can change when the veteran faces end of life.
  6. 6. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization suggest that - “It’s important to: • Listen carefully • Invite them to tell their stories • Express appreciation for their service to our country, and • Celebrate their accomplishments with them • Affirm the wisdom they have gained and let it impact your life”
  7. 7. If another veteran can be found for them to speak with it may be beneficial. If you don’t know anyone in the area we recommend contacting the local VFW or other veteran’s group and ask for help.
  8. 8. Find Quality Care Now Locate a BrightStar Near You! Find a location in Canada Find a location in the US

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