The Professional Golfers’ Association is helping traumatized veterans deal with PTSD through its Helping Our Patriots Everywhere program. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is a partner in the program with the PGA. Its goal is to help veterans assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction, mental stimulation and physical exercise that golf provides. According to Reuters, PTSD is caused by an overactive fear memory. It includes a broad range of psychological symptoms that can develop after someone goes through a traumatic event.
Decades after the end of the U.S. war in Vietnam, a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, said more than one in 10 of all American veterans continues to experience at least some symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. The program started in 2014 and the six-week course is now offered at more than 80 locations across the country. It is free to military veterans and fully funded by the PGA’s charitable foundation.
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