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Local PTSD veteran support grows

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SUMMERVILLE, SC - (WCBD) - A local PTSD group that meets to support our veterans is growing.

They say more veterans are coming out with PTSD in the Low Country. The group says they have added a second location in North Charleston in addition to their group in Summerville.

Counselors here in the Low Country say that they are seeing an increase in older veterans from wars like Vietnam coming forward, they say that's why they've open a second location at the Red Cross in North Charleston.

Frank Ruse is a 20 year navy veteran who leads the PTSD support group here in Charleston. He says although he is seeing older veterans coming out with PTSD, the younger vets may not want to address symptoms of  PTSD

"I also see a trend with the younger veterans not coming out as easily, and that's mainly because there is a stigma associated, when you call it PTSD, you have that disorder on the end, and the other thing is the younger veteran doesn't want to see themselves as disabled.  Or you say you might have it, so there is a little bit of denial."

Ryan Chrobak is a veteran Marine officer. Chrobak returned from an Afghanistan deployment in November of  2012 where he led 32 Marines into combat. He says preparation before deployment is key.

"The reality is, it's war… the reality of war is you kind of see the worst of humanity so, the things you see and do, all our guys are prepared for that, they understand the consequences of war and of what fighting actually entails."

The support group is open to veterans and their family and friends and they meet each week at the Red Cross in N. Charleston and Summerville. Below are the times and locations of the meetings: 

7PM Wednesday
Red Cross Building
2424 City Hall Drive
North Charleston

7PM Monday
Fellowship of Oakbrook
1400 Trolley RD
Summerville

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