|Statue, Three Servicemen, Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Friday is PTSD Awareness Day. According to the U.S. Department for Veteran Affairs:
* About 7 to 8 percent of Americans will have post-traumatic stress disorder at some point in their lives.
* About 11 to 20 percent of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have PTSD. As many as 10 percent of Desert Storm veterans have PTSD.
* About 30 percent of Vietnam veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD.
* The Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System at 600 South 70th St. offers PTSD treatment, as do all VA medical centers.
* The At Ease program at Lutheran Family Services, 2900 O St., is one of several faith-based treatment programs for active military, veterans and loved ones dealing with PTSD. For more information, call 402-435-2910.
* The VA has developed a smartphone app -- PTSD Coach -- for those with PTSD to consult in trying times.
* Three veterans will host a community conversation, "I Came Home From War," that will include a discussion on coping with PTSD. The event will be July 8, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln, 250 N. 21st St., Suite 2.
If you’ve driven on North 70th Street, you’ve probably noticed William "Duffy" Duffield’s place on the corner of 70th and Colby.
It’s the house with one American flag soaring above his own future gravestone and five POW flags and 13 smaller American flags flying in the yard.
“People can see 'em every time they go...
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