This is the fourth in our series honoring Veterans during the month of November. In this post, we explore the innovative work being done by the theatrical troupe Erasing the Distance. Founded by Brighid O’Shaoughnessy the current production running in Chicago, brings voices to Veterans living with mental health conditions that were brought on while serving our country in the wars and conflicts of the last 50 years.
Raising the Curtain on Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome
Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) is a major mental health concern for our country’s Veterans and their families. According to the National Center for PTSD, PTSD occurs in approximately:
- 11-20% of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom) Veterans
- 10% of Gulf War (Desert Storm) Veterans
- 30% of Vietnam Veterans