Resolution Introduced to Improve PTSD Awareness| 5/11/2012
According to the National Institute for Mental Health, PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened.
"All too many of our servicemen and women are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from post-traumatic stress," Conrad said. "More must be done to educate our troops, veterans, families and communities about this illness and the resources available to help them heal from these invisible wounds of war. "
Conrad developed the idea for a National PTSD Awareness Day in 2010 after learning of the efforts of North Dakota National Guardsmen to draw attention to PTSD by paying tribute to Staff Sgt. Joe Biel, who served in the 164th Engineer Combat Battalion. Biel suffered from PTSD and took his life in 2007. The date was inspired by Biel`s birthday.