At the request of District 4 Doña Ana County Commissioner Scott A. Krahling, the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners will proclaim April 28, 2009, as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day in honor of battle-tested veterans of the United States military.

“A friend’s recent suicide rocked me to the core,” Krahling said. “He served honorably in Iraq, but he came back a changed person with issues his family and friends could not relate to or assist him with. I have since learned a great deal about PTSD and the resources available to veterans who suffer from it. I requested this proclamation as a way to enlighten the community about what this disorder is and to help point our brave veterans toward resources that may save their lives.”

Krahling said he was unable to find PTSD awareness mentioned by government at the local, state or national level, and he wanted to do something locally that might spread.

“If making this proclamation helps spur a movement toward expanded awareness and shining light on resources available to our returning warriors, then this will have been a concrete way for me to honor the memory of my fallen friend. I intend to forward the signed proclamation to our New Mexico legislative delegation, the governor’s office, our Congressional delegation and the President of the United States. April 28 doesn’t have to be just another day anymore.”

Krahling said he worked in conjunction with the Las Cruces Vet Center to create the wording of the proclamation. Located in Las Cruces, the Vet Center provides support services, counseling and resources to all veterans.

The proclamation will be read in its entirety at the April 28 regular meeting of the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners, at 9 a.m. in the Commission Chambers in the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd., in Las Cruces.

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