Members of the City Council Veterans Committee on Wednesday were joined in Downtown Manhattan by Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton (Ret.), MD, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs, and veteran advocates to declare June 10 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day in New York City.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), chairman of the committee, led the rally on the steps of City Hall, with the support of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Honor for All, New York University Langone Military Families Clinic, the Mental Health Association of NYC, and representatives from other veteran organization.
According to the Mayo Clinic, PTSD is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event—either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.