Even Beloved Comic Character Beetle Bailey Battles PTSD

Beetle Bailey fans have never seen anything quite like it.

Running steadily since 1950, the comic strip by Mort Walker -- which features the misadventures of a rather under-motivated private and his perennial clashes with his arch-nemesis, Sergeant Snorkel -- has focused on the funny side of life in the U.S. Armed Forces. Still, on June 16, the three-panel-strip featured Beetle in bed having a series of nightmares relating to his experiences in the army. In the third panel, we see Bailey wide awake with the message, "Posttraumatic Stress Can Affect Any Soldier."

The strip was run by Mort Walker as a public service message to help kick off a public service campaign by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital's Home Base Program calling attention to the epidemic of posttraumatic stress among the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces. Beginning in the month of June, which is PTSD Awareness Month, the new campaign highlights the critical need for soldiers with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury symptoms (TBI) to come forward and seek treatment.

To read more, check out my new  contribution on the Huffington Post


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