Military Matters: Get Help For PTSD
A veteran from Clayton has a message for his fellow veterans: you deserve, and should get help for your Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Longtime veterans advocate Roland Van Deusen recorded the video message in Syracuse last fall and put it on YouTube.
Van Deusen says the video has been picked up by other websites, and he hopes that his message will spread.
The video is simply constructed; it's Van Deusen in a number of locations in Syracuse talking about PTSD. He uses the language of honor and duty to encourage veterans to seek help.
The video was shot with the help of River Community Church in Clayton.
In an interview with 7 News, Van Deusen said he chose his words carefully, using language approved by families dealing with PTSD.
"We need to heal after these wars. We deserve to heal after these wars," he said. "You can't help your family, you can't help your wife, you can't help your kids unless you help you."
Van Deusen's video comes as the military reports an average of 22 veterans a day commit suicide.
Watch his video here.
Friday, December 19, 2014, Watertown, NY