Killeen Mayor Scott Cosper has proclaimed today, June 27, as PTSD Awareness Day.

In a proclamation presented to former Mayor Maureen Jouett this week, Cosper acknowledged the greater Killeen area has a close association with the military “and is deeply affected by what happens to our friends at Fort Hood.”

Of the 2.5 million service members who have deployed since Sept. 11, 2001, an estimated one in five has returned with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the proclamation.

Cosper recognized that soldiers and their families have been affected by the scars of war.

The mayor praised Operation Family Caregiver for creating stronger, healthier families by coaching the families of returning service members and veterans with PTSD and other injuries so they can manage the difficulties faced when their soldiers return home.

The free program is available in the local area through the Operation Family Caregiver Program of Bring Everyone In The Zone.

For more information, call Jouett at 254-681-9112, Bill Barker at 254-423-0399 or Maureen Sapp at 254-226-5382 or go to www.bringeveryoneinthezone.org.

Contact Dave Miller at dmiller@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7543

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