Olthoff hosts PTSD workshop with local veteran

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, October 20, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 20, 2016) – State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) is hosting a workshop with Jim Chancellor about post-traumatic stress disorder.

The program will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the American Legion Post 20, 1401 N. Main St., in Crown Point. It is free and open to the public.

Chancellor, a Lowell resident, is a U.S. Army combat veteran who served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. As a door gunner, he received a Purple Heart and Heroism Medal of Valor. He will soon be inducted into the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame.

“Jim is an amazing man who has made it his mission to educate the community about post-traumatic stress disorder,” Olthoff said. “If this workshop helps just one veteran or family member, then our goal will be met.”

During the event, Chancellor will present his program, PTSD: Through the Eyes of a Door Gunner.

“My goal is to educate young people about war and what it does to soldiers,” Chancellor said. “Young people are the decision-makers of tomorrow. I want them to understand the true costs of war.” 

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that a person may develop after experiencing or witnessing an extreme, overwhelming traumatic event during which they felt intense fear, helplessness or horror. A traumatic event is one that is intensely stressful during which a person suffers serious harm, or the threat of serious harm or death, or witness an event during which another person is killed, seriously injured or threatened.

Olthoff is encouraging residents to bring the young people in their lives to learn about PTSD.

According to RAND Corporation, a non-profit institution that completes research and analysis, at least 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD.

For more information about Chancellor, visit www.veteranscollection.com.

Call Olthoff’s office at 317-232-9850 or email h19@iga.in.gov, for more information on the event.

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 State Rep. Julie Olthoff represents House District 19,

which includes a portions of Lake and Porter counties.

 

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