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Friday, June 27, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
To bring greater attention to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the United States Senate designated Friday, June 27th, as National PTSD Awareness Day, now in its fourth year.

The public is invited to learn more during a cookout from 6-8 pm at the Minot Vet Center, 1400 20th Ave SW Suite 2. At 7:45 pm there will be a moment of silence and balloon release of 3 helium filled balloons: 1 Black, 1 Gold & 1 Red. For more information call the Minot Vet Center at 852-5225.

Senator 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 post-traumatic stress by paying tribute to their fallen friend, Staff Sgt. Joe Biel, who served in the 164th Engineer Combat Battalion. Biel suffered from PTSD and took his life in April 2007 after returning to North Dakota following his second tour in Iraq. The date for National PTSD Awareness Day, June 27th, was inspired by the birthday of Staff Sgt Biel.

According to the National Center for PTSD, posttraumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder resulting from a traumatic event (including sexual and physi-cal assault, serious accidents, natural disasters, and combat and military expo-sure) that is life-threatening to the individual and/or to others. Among the feelings the event may trigger are fear, confusion, and anger.
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