Veterans group invites people in Huntsville area suffering from PTSD to join support meeting

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - There's a new support meeting in Huntsville for people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.  It is hosted by Operation Stand Down, a group that helps homeless veterans.  But for this meeting, the group wants to extend its audience.

"Instead of having a meeting and support group for veterans, there are so many people out there that have that, we need to expand it and have it for everyone," said Sandra Stogsdill, President of Operation Stand Down.

The bi-weekly sit down meetings will give all people with PTSD a safe space to talk.

"People can have PTSD from a car wreck, from seeing someone die, from just stress, from being in an abusive relationship," said Stogsdill.

It gives veterans a chance to deal with an all-too-common issue with anyone else who will come to join them.

"It helps to have someone there that you can talk to, that you can relate to. If you don't have someone that you can talk to and relate to, you just keep it all bottled up," said Stogsdill.

The meetings are in the Operation Stand Down office on Sparkman Drive.  They're anonymous.

"It's time for everyone to get help, and it's free," said Stogsdill.

The first meeting was October 21, but from here on out, they will be every other Monday at 5 p.m. The next meeting is November 2.  If you want to go, visit Operation Stand Down, located at 1580 Sparkman Drive, Suite 204, Huntsville, AL 35816.

The Operation Stand Down office is located at 1580 Sparkman Drive, Suite 204, Huntsville, AL 35816