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National PTSD Awareness Day

June 27 marks Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day, a day meant to stimulate discussion and promote understanding for an affliction that affects 20% of our returning veterans.  And yet despite its prevalence among those who saw combat, it is often a misunderstood condition among the general public. Commonly stereotyped as being weak, unstable or prone to violence, many veterans suffering from PTSD must contend with stigma as well as trauma.   




Breaking the Taboo

I served as an intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps, during which time I was trained in the art of stealing secrets, and the discipline of keeping them.  Other than the operators with whom I served, I refrained from openly discussing my job or my missions in Iraq with anyone.