Resources for Veterans Care

 

Hope for Veterans with PTSD (video)
The number of veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is alarmingly high, and growing on a daily basis. In response to the growing need for support above and beyond what the current system is equipped to provide, Omega convened a group of national experts, healing practitioners, and veteran's advocates to collaborate on best practices in healing modalities in an effort to help more veterans get treatment, more quickly.

Complementary & Alternative Therapies for Veterans: Focusing on the Present
Today, a variety of nontraditional techniques—from yoga to mindfulness to equine therapy—are being used to help veterans cope with life after combat.

Alternative Modalities for Healing Trauma: A Slideshow of Approaches for Veteran Care
The impact of war can take a tremendous toll on the body, mind, and soul. Research shows that up to 30 percent of the nearly 3 million U.S. troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan are seeking care for post-traumatic stress, depression, or anxiety. More veterans than ever are exploring alternative modalities for healing, thanks to more research to support the benefits and better access through VA hospitals and community programs. Some leading-edge alternative modalities for care are presented here.

The Costs of War (video)
In this video, Zen Buddhist monk and combat veteran of the Vietnam War, Claude AnShin Thomas discusses the scars of war and the importance of understanding why healing doesn't mean the absence of suffering.

Mind-Body Skills for Active-Duty Soldiers & Veterans
By Nisha Money
Many integrative mind-body techniques are now being researched or used in military contexts and veterans hospital settings. Nisha Money, Monique Moore, David Brown, and Mark Bates review the most promising mind-body practices of breath, body-based techniques, and mindfulness in regulating and managing tension, emotions, and the symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

How Yoga Is Helping Veterans: The Body-Mind Connection
The number of soldiers and veterans who suffer with post-traumatic stress are alarmingly high. As it is, the health-care system is not able to help enough of those who need healing now. So what can be done? Yoga can help.

Working With Veterans (video)
How can we help veterans and those who have suffered trauma or survivor's guilt to feel at home in their bodies again? In this video, Peter A. Levine describes the methods of helping patients experience, reflect, and learn from their emotions.

The Wounds of War: How Post-Traumatic Stress Affects All of Us
By Loree K. Sutton
We all know that war is hell. In this piece, which first appeared on This Emotional Life at pbs.org, former Brigadier General Loree K. Sutton explains that peace can be hell too for many of our returning soldiers and veterans, especially for those who suffer with post-traumatic stress.

The Moral Injury of Trauma
How Media Exposure of Mass Suffering Increases PTSD Symptoms for Some Veterans
 
October 21, 2013

For many veterans who suffer with post-traumatic stress, their deepest war trauma stems not from personal fear, but rather from witnessing the suffering of others. Otto Kausch and Michael Marks describe the relatively new concept of moral injury, and how those who have suffered a moral injury may experience a recurrence of the trauma after they are exposed to similar traumatic events with moral overtones, such as mass shootings.

- See more at: http://www.eomega.org/learning-paths/health-healing/Michael-Marks-moral-...

The Moral Injury of Trauma
How Media Exposure of Mass Suffering Increases PTSD Symptoms for Some Veterans
 
October 21, 2013

For many veterans who suffer with post-traumatic stress, their deepest war trauma stems not from personal fear, but rather from witnessing the suffering of others. Otto Kausch and Michael Marks describe the relatively new concept of moral injury, and how those who have suffered a moral injury may experience a recurrence of the trauma after they are exposed to similar traumatic events with moral overtones, such as mass shootings.

- See more at: http://www.eomega.org/learning-paths/health-healing/Michael-Marks-moral-...

The Moral Injury of Trauma: How Media Exposure of Mass Suffering Increases PTSD Symptoms for Some Veterans
By Michael Marks
For many veterans who suffer with post-traumatic stress, their deepest war trauma stems not from personal fear, but rather from witnessing the suffering of others. Otto Kausch and Michael Marks describe the relatively new concept of moral injury, and how those who have suffered a moral injury may experience a recurrence of the trauma after they are exposed to similar traumatic events with moral overtones, such as mass shootings.

Loving-Kindness Meditation for PTSD
By David J. Kearney
David J. Kearney, Carol A. Malte, Carolyn McManus, Michelle E. Martinez, Ben Felleman, and Tracy L. Simpson explain how loving-kindness meditation increases positive emotions and reduce the emotions that underlie post-traumatic stress. It's a powerful tool now being used by veterans and their family members to deal with PTSD.

Tap Your Way to Healing PTSD With EFT
By Dawson Church
Finger-tapping for health may not sound like a medical breakthrough, but as Dawson Church reveals, just one look into the compelling evidence for Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) could make anyone want to try it.

Kirtan: A New Healing Tool for Veterans?
Some veterans are discovering that kirtan—a form of chanting from India—is helping them cope with conditions such as PTSD, as well as life back home.

 

 

 

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