Take the Step, a post-traumatic stress disorder awareness walk, takes place Saturday afternoon at the Rotary Club Children’s Park in Killeen.
Beginning at 2 p.m., there will be a half-mile awareness walk, followed by a 3-kilometer Run for a Reason. The goal of the walk is simply to spread awareness of the condition, said JaNelle Casson, event coordinator.
“Take the Step is the initiative from the Department of Veterans Affairs,” Casson said. Its initiative typically runs in June, so this walk is a preview of the official local launch next year.
Team Red, White and Blue will be on site to provide information for veterans about its services to help service members transition to civilian life. The group’s mission includes connecting veterans to their community through physical and social activity, according to its website.
Ultimately, Casson hopes families will come out and enjoy the afternoon with families like hers. Her husband suffers from PTSD, and she considers him and her children to be “PTSD heroes.”
“We want awareness on a continuum, not just in June each year,” Casson said. “PTSD doesn’t take a break, so why should we?”
Currently, there are more than 200,000 service members who may have experienced a traumatic brain injury or meet the criteria for PTSD and depression, according to Take the Step’s statistics.
Register in advance at http://takethestep-ptsd.weebly.com/ or on site Saturday.