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Senate adopts Barrett resolution declaring Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Thursday adopted a resolution sponsored by Sen. Tom Barrett to declare this Saturday, June 27, 2020 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in the state of Michigan.

Senate Resolution 133 is expected to raise public awareness in the state about issues related to post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI), Barrett said.

“The brave men and women of the United States armed forces, who proudly serve their country, risk their lives to protect our freedom and deserve the investment of every possible resource to ensure their lasting physical, mental and emotional well-being,” said Barrett, R-Charlotte. “Corrections professionals are another high-risk group for PTSI. Thousands of these individuals in Michigan perform critical and dangerous jobs protecting the public and many suffer health detriments due to high stress and potentially traumatic occupational experiences. We should do all we can to help safeguard these groups and others from the effects of PTSI.”

It is expected that 10,000 veterans will return to the state of Michigan every year for the next three to five years after spending a significant amount of time in combat environments, exposed to traumatic, life-threatening events.

The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that in fiscal year 2012, more than 500,000 veterans from all wars who sought care at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center received treatment for PTSI.

SR 133 urges the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and the adjutant general to continue working to educate service members, veterans, their families and the public about the causes, symptoms and treatment of post-traumatic stress injury.

“PTSI significantly increases the risk of depression, suicide and drug- and alcohol-related disorders and deaths,” Barrett said. “This resolution will help raise awareness of the problems.”

A copy of SR 133 will be transmitted to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.