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Church organization honors veterans, pledges to fight PTSD

(WPDE)

Nearly 200 people gathered at The Refuge on Friday night to honor the men and women who have served our country.

While doing so, they acknowledged the fight soldiers face once they return home.

"Every 22 minutes, a veteran takes his life because of post traumatic stress disorder," Reverend Jason Cook explained. "Nobody knows what our guys and girls serving overseas, serving locally at home, nobody knows what they're seeing."

Cook estimated that from the event's start to when it ended, six current or former United States soldiers killed themselves.

Veterans attended Friday's event for free, but were encouraged to donate, which Cook said would either go towards the church's efforts to aid PTSD victims, or an outside organization.

Cook said the church expected to raise $3,000, but said they hoped the final amount would be closer to $5,000.

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