Thursday, June 27, 2013

Today Is National PTSD Day - Announcing the Launch of PTSD United, INC.

Today, Friday June 27 has been designated as National PTSD Day.  It is appropriate that my good friend, Josh Rizzo, has chosen this day to launch a new social network to offer support to anyone dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Please read the press release below to learn details, and then join me in spreading the word within the warrior community and beyond to the general public.  Increased awareness is the beginning point of winning this battle against the effects of PTSD.

PTSD United, INC. launches completely free and anonymous social network for anyone dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD United, INC. has launched a completely free and anonymous online social network where people can connect with others living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. PTSD United is dedicated to providing resources and support for anyone dealing with PTSD, as well as their friends and family, and educating and increasing awareness among the general public.

PTSD United is currently accepting beta testers at The non-profit organization is also in the process of forming strategic partnerships with cooperating charities, professional medical organizations, and corporations that would like an opportunity to serve their communities.

Executive Director and Army Veteran, Josh Rizzo explains the impetus behind the idea: “Transitioning into civilian life after combat, I noticed there was an epidemic in our society that extended beyond my fellow soldiers to law enforcement personnel, firefighters, first responders, victims of physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse, victims of accidents and tragedies, and people suffering from disease and illness, to name a few. I also noticed a stigma associated with the condition, which I still personally deal with. We formed PTSD United to help people realize that they are not alone and that there are resources out there for them.”

“The number of people in the U.S. affected by PSTD is staggering,” Rizzo continues, “But possibly the most critical group affected by PTSD are the families and friends of those suffering – not knowing how to help or what’s going on with their loved ones.”  

Approximately 7-8% of the U.S. population (24 million) will experience some form of PTSD. [Department of Veteran Affairs]

One of every six American women (26 million) has been the victim of rape or attempted rape. [RAINN]

Rizzo likens the Internet social networks of today to the church basements of decades past, where support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous began. “However, PTSD United is unique in that it is the only fully functional online social network that is completely free of charge and provides all members full anonymity,” he says.

Dr. ErinKate Stair, a member of the Board of Directors at PTSD United says: “As a medical field professional, I see the drastic need for an online resource like this and am thrilled PTSD United is going to be answering the call.”

The intent of the organization is perhaps best summarized by its Process: Connect, Learn, Heal, Grow, and Inspire. “Our goal,” Rizzo says, “Is to reduce the stigma of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and ensure that PTSD, and, more importantly, the population suffering from it, are given the appropriate attention and support they deserve.”

Learn more and join the community at

Josh Rizzo is a West Point 2002 graduate and Army Veteran. He can be reached at:

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