Bring your folding chair and join Vets Serving Vets for a free movie under the stars.
American Sniper will be shown at the city parking lot July 18. The film will begin at dusk. The Big ONE 106.3 FM will be sponsoring the event.
Vets Serving Vets is hosting the film showing in effort to draw awareness to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Referred to as PTSD, the disorder develops after a person is exposed to one or more violently traumatic events, such as the major stresses experienced in combat. Symptoms include disturbing recurring flashbacks, and avoidance or numbing of memories of the traumatic event. These symptoms and others continue long after the original trauma. It is classified as an anxiety disorder.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the characteristic symptoms are considered acute if lasting less than three months, and chronic if persisting three months or more, and with delayed onset if the symptoms first occur after six months or some years later. PTSD is distinct from the briefer acute stress disorder, and can cause clinical impairment in significant areas of functioning.
“PTSD is a serious thing, it’s a real thing, and many people don’t realize,” said Vets Serving Vets Commander Doug Bayless. “There are many more veterans suffering with this in our area than non-veterans know. We deal with it everyday in the veteran community.”
Refreshments, hot dogs and popcorn will be sold and all proceeds will go to Vets Serving Vets projects helping local veterans.
For more information on VSV and what you can do to help, visit their Facebook page Vets Serving Vets or call (606) 346-0878.
Reach William Tribell at 606-302-9100 or on Twitter @wtribellmdn