ROCHESTER, Minn. – According to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, about 8 million adults have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during a year.
Many of those experiencing PTSD are military veterans and Olmsted County is trying to help.
Olmsted County Veterans Services and Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living are hosting a PTSD support group for veterans, and their friends and family.
Terry Throndson is a veteran living in Rochester. He does not have PTSD but that doesn’t mean things he saw in war don’t still haunt him today.
“I still have sounds and smells today that reminds me of it. freedom is not pretty, it's not pretty. What it takes to be free is not pretty,” he said.
He said he adjusting to civilian life is not easy after war, and resources like these support meetings help.
“There’s resources for alcoholism, drug addiction, cancer, a lot of things it’s hard for a person to process alone. And PTSD is another one,” he said. “We all think we’re strong and don’t need help but we do…we can’t do it alone.”
Terry also said two simple words from community members also go a long way.
Simply saying thank you, and welcome home. Start there,” he said.
The support group was cancelled January and February 2018 and is holding its first meeting of 2018.