Trauma Relief for Veterans a project of IAHV, a partner nonprofit of The Art of Living
94% of Veterans workshop graduates report greater peace of mind, less stress, anxiety & worry

 

Roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide nationwide, according to new data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. We are working to change that.

About Project Welcome Home Troops

a project of IAHV, a partner nonprofit of The Art of Living

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.

Project Welcome Home Troop’s Power Breath Meditation workshop transforms lives restoring well-being, mental focus and a renewed sense of connection and purpose. Research shows that Veterans make significant progress healing from post-traumatic stress using the SKY Breathing Meditation technique.  This powerful program addresses the root of the extreme stress of military life including multiple deployments, traumatic loss, and reintegration with family and community.  The program proudly serves military installations, Veterans Affairs Hospitals, Vet Centers and communities around the United States.

Impact

12 years

of service

30 cities

around the US

94%

of Veterans report greater peace of mind, less stressed, less anxiety and worry.

53%

report a greater sense of well-being, more contentment and joy.

Project Brochure:

Power Breath Meditation Workshop

Project Welcome Home Troops offers the Power Breath Workshop as a resilience-building program specifically designed to address the needs of returning combat veterans.It offers practical breath-based tools that decrease the stress, anxiety and sleep problems that many returning veterans experience. Through rhythmic breathing patterns, the IAHV’s SKY Practice brings deep mental and physical relaxation which significantly reduces symptoms of PTS, depression, and anxiety with lasting effect. Through interactive discussions, the Power Breath Workshop builds a framework for resilience and empowerment and develops self-awareness, connectedness and community, and a positive outlook.

Trauma and Veterans

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.

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.

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 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.

 

Visit Project Welcome Home Troops website

Almost Sunrise

The work of PWHT is featured in the award-winning documentary film Almost Sunrise, airing nationwide on PBS.

Almost Sunrise is a story of veteran resilience and recovery. The film follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, who struggle with depression upon returning home from service. Fearful of succumbing to the epidemic of veteran suicide, they seek a lifeline and embark on a 2,700-mile walk across America as a way to confront their inner pain. The film captures an intimate portrait of two friends suffering from the unseen wounds of war as they discover an unlikely treatment: the restorative power of silence and meditation.

Read more about the campaign.

Testimonials

A few weeks ago shooting, cars exploding, screaming, death, that was your world. Now back home, no one knows what it is like over there so no one knows how to help you get back your normalcy. They label you a victim of the war. I AM NOT A VICTIM… but how do I get back my normalcy? For most of us it is booze and Ambien. It works for a brief period then it takes over your life. Until this study, I could not find right help for me. BREATHING like a champ.

-Nathan Hruska

US Marine Corps
Operation Enduring Freedom

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