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Senior Times - June 2018 National Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder Awareness Month
By: Aaron D. Edlefson, MPA, Calhoun County Veterans Affairs
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American Lung Association Better Breathers Club
Thursday, June 14, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Bronson Battle Creek Outpatient Center, 2nd floor, Conference Room C, 300 North Ave., Battle Creek
Free. Diagnosed with COPD or another chronic lung disease? Join us to learn ways to better manage your illness while receiving support from others who share in your experiences.
Grandparents 101/Baby Basics
Wednesdays, June 20 & 27, 6 to 9 p.m.
Bronson Battle Creek Outpatient Center
300 North Ave., Battle Creek
$30. This class is intended to encourage open discussion about how childcare has changed over time. Grandparents will join expectant parents to learn about various aspects of baby care and safety. To register, call (800) 451-6310 or visit
Start dates and times vary, call for details
Bronson Bariatric & Metabolic Specialists
7901 S. 12 St., Portage
Let’s lose some weight together! This new 20-week lifestyle counseling program is designed to help you develop new, healthier eating and physical activity habits while providing you with the tools to continue your progress once you complete the program. Includes counseling with a dietician, psychologist and exercise physiologist. No physician referral needed. $499. For more information, or to register, call (269) 341-8900.
Path to SuccessTM
Start dates and times vary, call for details
Bronson Bariatric & Metabolic Specialists
7901 S. 12th St., Portage
This 12-week medically supervised weight management program focuses on reducing hunger, controlling cravings, and increasing energy levels. The reduction in hunger and increased energy allows for rapid, safe and sustainable weight loss. Requires a referral from your provider and requirement to meet with our providers throughout the program. $599, includes a starter kit of Celebrate nutrition products and free body composition analysis. For more information, call (269) 341-8900.
In 2014, by unanimous consent,
the United States Senate designated June as National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month with Senate Resolution 481.
There are three lines within the resolution that I would like to write about. The first is, “Whereas many cases of PTSD remain unreported, undiagnosed, and untreated due to a lack of awareness about PTSD and the persistent stigma associated with mental health conditions.” It is incred- ibly important that not only are service members aware of PTSD, but also that the community as a whole is aware and knowledgeable. This is important as it helps to dispel false beliefs and stigmas. It also allows community members to help servicemen and women who are in need.
The second line from the resolution is, “Whereas exposure to military sexual trauma can lead to PTSD.” Unfortunately, a common misconcep- tion is that PTSD can only be the result of combat. However, individuals who have experienced sexual trauma can
also develop PTSD and if the trauma occurred while in the military, there are services specifically designed for those individuals ranging from specialized medical care and therapy to service-con- nected compensation.
The final line that I would like to hone in on is, “Whereas PTSD signifi- cantly increases the risk of anxiety, depression, suicide, homelessness, and
drug- and alcohol-related disorders and deaths, especially if left untreat- ed.” There are a lot of resources in the community to help with PTSD. However, those resources are useless if individuals are unaware of them.
I implore you with the utmost sin- cerity, if you feel that you may have
or are struggling with PTSD, please reach out to someone. If you know of someone else that is struggling with PTSD, please encourage them to reach out. The number to call at the Battle Creek VA is (269) 966-5600, extension 35346. Calhoun County Veterans Affairs can also connect veterans with PTSD resources; our contact information is list- ed below.
Just a quick reminder that June 14th is Flag Day. If you have a faded, torn,
or worn out flag, but you aren’t sure
how to properly dispose of it or don’t have the means to properly dispose of it, please feel free to bring it to the Calhoun County Veterans Affairs office and we will ensure that it is properly retired.
If you have any questions regarding benefits for Veterans or their families, please don’t hesitate to call our office or stop by and visit us. Calhoun County Veterans Affairs can be reached at (269) 969-6735. We are located in the third floor of the Toeller Building at 190 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49014. If you would prefer to reach us by e-mail, you can do so at va@calhoun-
How To Properly
Display The American Flag
Perhaps the most important guideline of the U.S. Flag Code involves how cit- izens should behave around the Stars and Stripes. The flag of the United States is the emblem of our identity as a sov- ereign nation, which the United States
of America has been for more than 200 years. Therefore, citizens are asked to stand at attention and salute when their flag is passing in a parade or being hoist- ed or lowered. Below is a condensed list regarding the proper flag etiquette.
• The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
• The custom is to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on flagstaffs in the open, but it may be displayed at night upon special occasions to produce a patriotic effect and if illuminated by a spotlight.
• When the flag is hung vertically on a wall, window, or door, the Union (blue section) should be to the observer’s left. When the flag is hung either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the Union
should be to the observer’s left.
• When displaying the flag indoors,
always position it to the right of a speak-
er or staging area.
• Never allow the flag to touch the ground,
floor, water, or any other object while on
• To place a flag at half staff, hoist it to
the peak for an instant before lowering it to a halfway position. It should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
• The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on the days that we celebrate our Veterans and our country.
• The flag should be displayed at every public institution and in or near every polling place on election days, and at schoolhouses during school days.
• The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement.
• If you have a faded, torn, or worn out flag it should be destroyed in a dignified and ceremonious fashion, preferably by burning.
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