Post-Traumatic Stress Injury is a normal reaction to abnormal circumstances and affects more than 5 million Americans each year. It is most commonly associated with veterans and has been known by many other terms, including PTSD, shell shock and combat fatigue but PTSI can affect anyone at any age.
PTSI significantly increases the risk of depression, suicide and drug- and alcohol-related disorders and deaths, which can also lead to more run-ins with law enforcement for veterans struggling with PTSI. To assist law enforcement officers with these encounters, MVAA teamed up with the Michigan State Police, county and local law enforcement and the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University to produce a series of training videos titled Invisible Wounds: Preparing First Responders for Veterans With PTS.
These videos serve as a guide for law enforcement on how to have positive interactions with veterans who are struggling with PTSI. The video also features veterans who are now in law enforcement talking about their experiences as well as veterans who have struggled with PTSI and sought treatment.
Law enforcement personnel interested in receiving MVAA information cards to give to veterans they encounter should call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838)