House Passes Murt Bill to Recognize Post-Traumatic Stress in Veterans
5/5/2011

A resolution introduced by Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) to recognize the sacrifice of our veterans has passed the House. 

Murt’s resolution designating May as “Military Service-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania received overwhelming support. 

“It wasn’t until the Civil War that the medical community first acknowledged the mental wounds suffered by those placed in harm’s way,” Murt said.  “They first called it shell shock, then later battle fatigue.  After the Vietnam conflict, we called it post-traumatic stress disorder.”   

No matter the name, the pain remained the same: the inability to adapt to civilian life, feelings of alienation, insomnia, nightmares, even thoughts of suicide. 

“The veterans of our current conflicts are no different,” Murt said.  

The medical community estimates that as many as a third of the veterans from the current conflicts are suffering symptoms of post traumatic stress and other mental illnesses. 

“This is why I believe that during the week we celebrate what is, arguably, the military’s greatest victory in the War on Terror, and during the month we formally commemorate those lost in war, we must acknowledge the medical challenges faced by our soldiers, sailors, Airmen and Marines,” Murt said. 

State Representative Thomas Murt
152nd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Rep. Murt’s Office 
215-744-2600
RepMurt.com
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