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Legion Auxiliary Gives $1,000 to Jewel David Ministries for PTSD Work

Elizabethtown American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 329 presents a ceremonial check representing a donation of $1,000 to Jewel David Ministries to help provide free post-traumatic stress disorder screenings. Shown from left to right are Trish Catalfano, Auxiliary member and canteen manager; Theresa Frey, Auxiliary member; Bonnie Malone, Auxiliary treasurer and membership; Jessica Klepping, Auxiliary secretary, Dolores Reidenbach, founder of Jewel David Ministries; Mark Klepping, veteran and active Legion member, and Bob Murphy, veteran and active Legion member.

Elizabethtown American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 329 recently raised and donated $1,000 to the local group Jewel David Ministries to help provide free post-traumatic stress disorder screenings for veterans and others.

Although PTSD is common among combat veterans, the group said since not only veterans suffer from PTSD, everyone is welcome to its PTSD mini-seminar at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, at the American Legion post, 240 N. Hanover St., Elizabethtown. It will run approximately 45 to 60 minutes and there will be an opportunity to sign up for a free screening afterward. Dolores Reidenbach of Jewel David Ministries will be the speaker at the event.

PTSD is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event. Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the events, mental or physical distress to trauma-related cues, attempts to avoid trauma- related cues, alterations in how a person thinks and feels, and an increase in the fight-or-flight response.

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