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'Real Warriors Campaign' seeks to de-stigmatize PTSD

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jun 25, 2013 2:32 PM
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(Undated) -- June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder awareness month, and the military is pushing service members to seek help for the condition.

The "Real Warriors Campaign" works to remove the stigma often associated with seeking treatment for PTSD or traumatic brain injuries.

Former Army combat medic and reservist Meg Mitcham says she suffered from PTSD while studying at Penn State after two tours in Iraq.

She says some service members may find it hard to get help.

"In the past, there have been barriers to help-seeking behaviors by these men and women. There are stigmas," Mitcham explains. "I know, for example, when I was struggling, I thought that I was going to look weak, I thought that my unit was not going to respect me if I went and got the help that I needed."

The Department of Defense estimates 20 percent of troops returning from combat zones will deal with some form of PTSD.

Meg Mitcham also sat down for an extended interview with the Public Insight Network.

Veterans are being encouraged to share their stories with PIN.

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