Special event shows supports for veterans with PTSD

MARSHALL COUNTY, KY – Twenty veterans with PTSD were treated to a special fishing trip sponsored by the Marshall County Elks. The trip was made possible through a $2,000 grant from the Elks National Foundation.

According to the U.S Veterans Affairs the number of Veterans with PTSD varies by service area.  About 11-20 out of every 100 veterans who served in Operations Iraqi freedom have PTSD in a given year. About 12 out of every 100 Desert Storm veterans suffer from PTSD in a given year . The VA estimates about 30 out of 100 Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.

What do you call a person who sacrifices their life for a stranger? A hero. That’s what you can call these men and women. They’re all veterans no longer in a war zone but still fighting a battle. This time with PTSD.

Randy Henson said it’s a war that can only be won through support.

“A lot of times people can’t sleep and they have bad dreams. So when they get together with their buddies. You can talk about it and they’ve been through the same thing,” said Henson.

That’s what inspired the Marshall County Elks to sponsor a fishing trip. They wanted to show respect for these veterans and give them a relaxing day on the lake.

“Anybody that’s been away in the military you understand that when you come home and people care and show they respect you it’s what it’s all about,” said Marshall County Elks Exalted Ruler Tobby Haines.

These veterans are hoping others will feel inspired to show support for veterans in their communities.

“In a place where we live where the support is great, it is a good feeling. And you can look out at other places and they don’t get much support. So maybe if someone sees this they can say hey maybe we should do something like that.” Said Henson.

It’s that type of support and awareness that can help these heroes conquer their battle with PTSD. They are hoping to make this fishing trip an annual event.

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