BANGOR, Maine(NEWS CENTER) -- For the men and women who fought for our country, their service and sacrifice isn't going unnoticed.
Husson University hosted a symposium today on veterans' health. There are more than 22 million veterans in the United States and several of those servicemen and community members gathered to share their support.
With 22 years in the service, Captain Mary-Ellyn Blake shared her experience at this event. She said many veterans might still be haunted by what they've experience on the battlefield, even decades after their service ended. These unsettling memories can cause them to question themselves. The effects of combat trauma can cause post traumatic stress disorder.
But not all veterans suffer from this disorder.
Captain Blake said many soldiers have a hard time speaking about what happened when they were overseas at war.
"They saw terrible horrendous things. They were watching people being blow up, bombs going on around them. So that's whatthey carry with them, and when they start the dying process, that's what they remember of death. And so there isa lot of fear that goes with that as well."
No matter the age, gender, or branch of service, these veterans have support teams that want to help them make peace with their war memories. Captain Blake explained her work is to help veterans compartmentalize their thoughts.