June is National PTSD Awareness Month. It’s a nationwide effort to raise public awareness of PTSD and effective treatments. Many of those suffering from PTSD served in our nation’s military, with an estimated 540,000 veterans suffering from the debilitating condition. Dr. Amy Serin, chief science officer and co-founder of The TouchPoint Solution, will discuss PTSD and how it can be treated, along with Reece Green, a , a Marine Corp veteran who volunteers with Ripple Effect, a non-profit that helps veterans struggling with suicidal thoughts and PTSD.
Veterans returning from war sometimes do not return alone. They may be accompanied by post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries. Soldier’s Best Friend is a Glendale-based organization that pairs up service or therapeutic companion dogs with soldiers suffering the impacts of war. Most dogs are rescued from local shelters. We’ll take a look at veterans who are benefiting from service dogs provided by Soldier’s Best Friend.