McConnell Recognizes Warrior Games 2015, PTSD Awareness Day
‘So I hope Americans will take action this PTSD Awareness Day to shed some light on an often misunderstood condition, and hopefully to reach out to someone in need.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Warrior Games and PTSD Awareness Day:
“Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting with some of our nation’s heroes.
“These men and women are taking part in Warrior Games 2015, an annual DoD-organized sporting event for both veterans and wounded, ill, and injured service members from every corner of the country.
“This year’s games features approximately 250 athletes from across the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
“As these wounded warriors give it their all in heated competition, their bravery and their perseverance through adversity serve as sources of inspiration to the rest of us. Their determination serves as a continuing reminder that heroism endures long after events of the battlefield.
“It was a great honor to meet some of these courageous athletes and their families yesterday afternoon, right here in the Capitol. I shared the thanks of a grateful nation with many men and women who wear our nation’s uniform, or who recently have. I shared my personal gratitude as well. Because their heroism and their sacrifice represent an enduring source of freedom for every other American.
“I hope they never forget it. I hope they’re reminded when looking out to cheering crowds on the field.
“Because America won’t forget what the men and women who’ve stood in our defense have given for our freedom. Let us hope that our nation will always find brave warriors like them.
“Saturday, June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day. Sadly, post-traumatic stress disorder is an affliction that touches too many of our veterans.
“Raising awareness of PTSD and combatting the myths and misinformation that surround it are incredibly important. There are effective treatments for PTSD, and all of us can do a few simple things in honor of PTSD Awareness Day.
“First, we can learn more about PTSD by getting the facts on the condition and its treatment.
“We can also reach out to someone who might have PTSD or be at risk, particularly among the veteran community.
“And finally, we can pass along what we learn to others, to continue to raise awareness.
“So I hope Americans will take action this PTSD Awareness Day to shed some light on an often misunderstood condition, and hopefully to reach out to someone in need.”
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