June 27, 2015: Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day

WHEREAS, the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, who proudly serve the United States, 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; and,

WHEREAS, more than 2,000,000 United States service members have deployed as part of overseas contingency operations since the events of September 11, 2001; and,

WHEREAS, the military has sustained an operational tempo for a period of time unprecedented in the history of the United States, with many service members deploying multiple times to combat zones, placing them at high risk of post-traumatic stress injury; and,

WHEREAS, it is expected that ten thousand 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, exposing thousands of soldiers to traumatic life threatening events; and,

WHEREAS, 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; and,

WHEREAS, PTSI significantly increases the risk of depression, suicide, and drug and alcohol related disorders and deaths; and,

WHEREAS, the Department of Defense and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs have made significant advances in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSI and the symptoms of PTSI, however, many challenges remain; and,

WHEREAS, the establishment of Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day will raise public awareness about issues related to PTSI in Michigan;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 27, 2015 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in Michigan.