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TYLER (KYTX)- June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder awareness month.

According to the National Center for PTSD, 5.2 million adults are diagnosed with the disorder every year and Daniel Collins is one of them.

6 months ago Army veteran Daniel Collins didn't have a kitchen to clean or a bed to sleep in.

"I tried to commit suicide last year. During the suicide attempt, I ended up in the VA hospital. I stayed in the hospital for a while and when they released me, they released me to the streets in dallas," says Collins.

Collins suffers from PTSD.

"Anxiety and depression are the biggest ones for me. I can't sit in a crowded room for a long time. Even at work I roam a lot so I'm not feeling like I'm being pigeon holed somewhere," says Collins.

Collins found help at The Green Zone here in Tyler.

"They came and sent a van for me and got me that day and brought me so I'd have a place to stay, helped me find a job- I mean they really took good care of me," says Collins.

The Green Zone houses and counsels veterans to ease the transition from war to home life.

"They know we're here to love them, they know we're here to make sure they succeed and they just have the willpower to go on once they understand that people can help," says Green Zone Volunteer Coordinator Michael Beck.

One of the main places that helped Daniel was The Green Zone, but they say that the PTSD veterans have is mainly from life events before they enter the military, not what they see during battle.

"we address issues the issues that either took place before the military or while they were in the military to help the veteran see things how they really are and cope with them and adjust," says Beck.

Collins now has a management position and an apartment, things he says he wouldn't have without the green zone.

"Without them I'd probably still be on the streets in Dallas," says Collins.

Beck says that PTSD never goes away but he and his team are doing all they can to help veterans like Collins.

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