June 27 is national Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day, and a veteran is drawing attention to the condition.
Thomas Skinner biked from San Diego to Vermont. He was on hand Wednesday at the National Center for PTSD in White River Junction.
PTSD follows a traumatic event and includes increased anxiety, flashbacks and sleeplessness.
Skinner took part in a presentation on how to help PTSD sufferers get the treatment they need by becoming aware of the signs and knowing where to go to get help.
"I'm trying to convince these veterans and anyone who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder that it is not a weakness to ask for help. The National Center for PTSD has amazing resources and does a lot of research on the treatment for PTSD and I call myself a PTSD survivor," Skinner said.
"The real challenge is to get not just the vets, but anyone-- civilians or people of other kinds of trauma; rape trauma, sexual trauma, motor vehicles accidents-- to know that we have excellent treatment for PTSD and for them to come in and let us do what we are capable of doing," said Dr. Matt Friedman of the National Center for PTSD.
Friedman says 17 percent-20 percent of all veterans suffer from PTSD and about 7 percent of all Americans. This is the third annual PTSD Awareness Day.
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