WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Wednesday, there will be a rally on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, up to 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ten percent of Desert Storm veterans and 30 percent of Vietnam vets suffer from the disorder and we're told women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD.
Here's what to look for: flashbacks, nightmares, depression, substance abuse, and memory loss. Up to 80 percent of those diagnosed with PTSD also suffer from other psychiatric problems.
But access to help is still not where it needs to be, and events like Wednesday's rally hope to change that. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. and is free to the public at Upper Senate Park.
Ten-year-old Barbara Webb will be sharing her story with folks at the event. Her dad returned home from active duty suffering from PTSD but could not get help right away. But after a suicide attempt he was hospitalized and is now getting the counseling he needs, but his wife Megan says it is simply not enough. Steven Webb is getting the help in outpatient counseling but a more intense inpatient program is not available -- the waiting list, we're told, is more than a year.