Local retired vet shares her experience battling PTSD

June 27th is National PTSD Day

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, statistics show that there are approximately 44 million people living with this mental health condition.

June 27th is National PTSD Day. For many Americans, however, this is a daily reality.

“PTSD is very real, its very real,” said Sherrae Brissette, retired veteran.

Sherrae Brissette is a retired veteran who served in the military for 20 years. She suffered from PTSD early in her career and says a lot of people try to suppress how they feel.

“I think it’s very important that we express to people that there is a way to get through the trauma,” said Brissette.

Anyone can develop PTSD but there’s a higher rate from individuals who serve in the military. Although Symptoms develop differently in everyone and can be triggered by a flashback of a traumatic experience.

Once this occurs the nervous system can make people feel stuck.

“While I was in the military they would take their lives you know they just didn’t see any other way out and it’s really sad,” said Brissette.

Brissette shares how she overcame PTSD.

“You know Jesus got me through, there were times when I thought everything was just a heaviness,” said Brissette.

If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD please reach out to the PTSD hotline in your area.You can also call the Veteran Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.