PROJECT WELCOME HOME TROOPS
According to the Veterans Affairs Administration, veterans filing disability claims for PTS(D) has tripled in the last decade from 345,000 in 2008 to 940,000 in 2017. Veterans of previous conflicts continue to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTS). PTS develops as a result of exposure to traumatic event(s) and is characterized by depression, anxiety, anger, hyper-vigilance, sleep disorders, avoidance, night terrors and flashbacks are some of the symptoms. Many veterans also experience moral injury during their service; when events transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.
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.
Veterans are self-reliant, independent people. 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 learn techniques they can use on their own. Research shows 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.
Project Welcome Home Troop’s Power Breath Meditation workshop transforms lives restoring wellbeing, mental focus and a renewed sense of connection and purpose. Research shows that Veterans and Military Members can get relief from chronic and traumatic stress using our scientifically backed breath-based meditation techniques. These powerful techniques address the root of the extreme stress of military life including: multiple deployments, traumatic loss and reintegration with family and community. Our program proudly serves military installations, Veterans Affairs Hospitals, Vet Centers and communities around the United States.