“We received very positive feedback at our first PTSD Seminar last year so we want to continue to provide information to our community about ways to cope with PTSD and/or help a loved one in need. Our goal is to bring awareness to an issue that many individuals face especially our combat veterans,” Latoya Norman, general manager of the AAMHM, said.
The seminar will feature three key speakers ranging from veterans to representatives from organizations who understand and treat PTSD in a panel-style discussion. Printed materials and a time for questions and answers will be available to guests.
PTSD typically develops following exposure to extreme trauma, such as witnessing or experiencing an event that is life threatening or could cause physical harm. An estimated 5 percent of Americans have PTSD at any given time.
The public is invited to attend this free event. Light refreshments will follow the conclusion of the seminar.
The African American Military History Museum, located at 305 East 6th Street in downtown Hattiesburg, is dedicated to preserving the Historic East 6th Street USO Club and the collections within, in order to provide individuals of all ages the opportunity to increase their awareness and knowledge of the African American experiences and contributions in the United States Armed Forces.
It is currently the only surviving restored USO built exclusively for African American soldiers and in 2003 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. More than 150 years of African American military history is on display in the Museum. For more information, call 601.450.1942 or visit HattiesburgUSO.com.