Veterans & Trauma

Military Sexual Trauma: Hope and Healing

Our Mission

Project Welcome Home Troops aims to address the intense distress some returning veterans experience. Many of these brave men and women have been repeatedly exposed to traumatic events and life-threatening situations on multiple deployments to combat zones.

IAHV has developed Project Welcome Home Troops as a resilience-building program specifically designed to address the needs of returning combat veterans.

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Veterans and PTS

The National Institutes of Health estimate that, of the approximately 2 million veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, up to 20% suffer from post-traumatic stress or PTS. Veterans of previous wars may also continue to experience symptoms of PTS. PTS is an anxiety disorder that develops as a result of exposure to a traumatic event and is characterized by three categories of symptoms.

Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress:

  1. Recurring intrusive thoughts related to the trauma (e.g., flashbacks, dreams)
  2. Avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma, emotional numbness, and social withdrawal
  3. Symptoms of physiological arousal such as hyper-vigilance, exaggerated startle response, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and hyper-reactivity.

Veterans Deserve Better Than a 50% Chance at Recovery

Traditional treatments for veterans’  PTS are currently insufficient. Many veterans drop out of traditional therapeutic treatments because the process of recounting traumatic events is emotionally taxing. They often fail to continue drug treatments due to the drugs’ side effects. Research is showing that the only FDA approved drugs for PTS (i.e. SSRIs) are not helpful in addressing PTS. A recent study shows that of those veterans who actually undergo an entire course of treatment, only 50% show signs of recovery. There is clearly an urgent need to provide alternate methods of helping returning veterans reclaim their lives.

Veteran’s Resilience

A man or woman with the courage to face war does not easily embrace the role of a victim with a diagnosis be it insomnia or PTS. Rather than depending on a drug or therapist, veterans value learning tools which they can use to help themselves. The Power Breath Meditation Workshop allows veterans to regain a sense of self-mastery and control because they can self-administer the techniques. Research show that these programs are effective, safe, prevention-based and free of known side-effects. They can be scaled up to serve large numbers of veterans at a lower cost than many traditional interventions.

Do I need to have PTS to benefit from the Power Breath Meditation Workshop?

No – any veteran with or without trauma can benefit from these workshops. The Power Breath Meditation Workshop teaches tools that allow all veterans to be at ease, focused, and calm in any circumstance, civilian or military.

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