b'accident can trigger Post Traumatic Stress.PTSD is typically characterized by feelings of helplessness, and anxiety and panic. People with PTSD may experience symptoms that can interfere with daily functioning, including: intrusive thoughts, memories, or nightmares about the event anxiety, guilty, or depression numbness and withdrawal re-experiencing visions of the traumatic event.While not everyone exposed to a traumatic event will experience PTSD, about 78% of the U.S. population will have symptoms at some point in their lives. Signs of PTSD may appear soon after the event or months or even years later. Those with PTSD may experience loss of memory about the traumatic event or focus on it considerably. They may experience sleep problems, such as difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, initial or worsened substance abuse and relationship difficulties.The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program estimates that as many as 1 in 5 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will have symptoms of PTSD.Those returning to campus may benefit from connecting with campus resources as well as with other veterans as they begin classes. Mental Health Concerns181'