In the U.S., November is a month dedicated to the idea of giving thanks. We even have a national holiday to remind us to think about what we’re thankful for, like our family, friends, and loved ones, or our good health and happiness.
While Thanksgiving gets a lot of attention, there is another holiday—Veterans Day—reminding us that we have even more to be thankful for: our freedom and those who fought so hard for us to keep it. We owe our gratitude to every active-duty personnel and veteran who served this country and defended our rights—especially as they return with sometimes adverse effects.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the more common conditions that affects veterans. According to the National Center for PTSD, the condition affects approximately 7-8% of all Americans, and some sources even estimate that the number of people living with PTSD is much higher, noting that 8-12% of all adults and 13-31% of military veterans may develop PTSD during their lifetime.
Fitness facilities across the country are showing their thanks by offering classes and programs designed to help veterans improve their health and manage any chronic conditions they may have developed as a result of their time in the service.