You may have noticed I write a lot about veterans’ issues here on Rewire Me—it’s a topic I’m very passionate about. The recent statistics that demonstrate the overwhelming prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcoholism, drug addiction, unemployment, and homelessness among veterans in the United States indicate a problem with the quality and types of care they receive.
Thankfully there are organizations and individuals that are dedicated to finding a better means of taking care of our veterans. They believe, like I do, that exploring new therapies like yoga and mindfulness and re-evaluating the education and research devoted to veterans’ health is the key to ensuring they get the care they have earned. My friend Krishna Pendyala of Mindful Nation Foundation sums it up well in this video from Huffington Post (below), giving a metaphor of an oxygen mask on an airplane—these veterans must help themselves in order to help others.
In the new book Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War (Sounds True), Edward Tick, Ph.D., examines the effect of society’s demands on veterans, and how to heal them from the wounds of war. In Rewire Me contributor Arthur Goldwag’s review of the book, he writes, “A society that betrays its warriors also betrays itself.”
This Veteran’s Day, as we take time to thank our veterans for their commitment to our country, I urge everyone to consider how we can continue to thank our veterans all year round.