Elderly Veterans and PTSD: June is National PTSD Awareness Month
Elderly Veterans and PTSD: June is
National PTSD Awareness Month
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.
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
The diagnosis of a terminal illness can bring about symptoms of
PTSD in those that have suppressed memories and emotions for
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.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization suggest
“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”
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.
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