Helping Veterans recover from PTSD

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(ABC 6 News) – Local veterans are getting a boost from an area business to help them on their road to recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Warfighter Advance is a non-medication approach to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Walmart is getting involved to give Rochester VFW post 1215 $1,000 to help with this.

“Asking for help is a sign of strength, so do it now rather than later,” Chad Stowers, Junior Vice Commander for the Rochester VFW Post 1215 said.

This money Walmart gave will go to local Veterans to take a trip to a PTSD Benefit in La Crosse.

The money raised there will help veterans go on a retreat in Maryland called the Advance 7 Day, which will help provide them with resources on their road to recovery.

“We want to be a part of the community and give back,” Mitch Link, a Walmart Store Manger said.

That motivation to help those who have served means a lot to veteran Willie Stokes.

“I lost my driver three ago from PTSD, I did not realize he was suffering from PTSD, this is after 40 years,” Stokes said.

One thing these veterans agree on is any contribution helps.

“Every dime helps, whether its a dime or a million bucks, we need to help these veterans with PTSD because it’s the silent killer,” Stowers said.

If you’re a veteran and are struggling with PTSD, please call the veterans crisis line for immediate support.
That number is 9-8-8, then press one.