RGV nonprofit offers help with those struggling during holidays

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The South Texas Afghanistan Iraq Associated (STAIVA) is helping veterans suffering from PTSD, especially during holidays such as the fourth of July, where large crowds and fireworks could be a trigger for them. 

Dr. Adrian Agapito at DHR Health Behavioral Hospital says people who have PTSD immediately feel a sense of severe anxiety, horror, and hopelessness when triggered by something that reminds them of a traumatic event. 

The organization also teaches families how to understand the condition and ways to help combat it.

Veteran and Assistant Director of STAIVA Esteban Ramos said the organization offers assistance seeking mental health professionals and offers group meetings to help vets feel less alone. 

If you need help getting through the holiday weekend, contact STAIVA at 956-266-7521.

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