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 Prevent further Suicides, Abuse & Neglect with Returning Warriors & Families0 comments
picture17 Aug 2012 @ 15:02
When we learn to deal directly with our complaints and difficulties, romanticized ideas about the spiritual path are no longer meaningful. We see that what is important is to always be aware of our thoughts, feelings and actions. (Tarthang Tulku, Tibetan Meditation-Practical teachings and step-by-step exercises on how to live in harmony, peace and happiness, (2006, p. 44)

Army Suicides Doubled Last Month From June's Total [link]

WASHINGTON -- Suicides among active-duty soldiers in July more than doubled from June, accelerating a trend throughout the military this year that has prompted Pentagon leaders to redouble efforts to solve a puzzling problem. The Army, which is the only branch of the military that issues monthly press statements on suicides, said 26 active-duty soldiers killed themselves in July, compared with 12 in June.

Community Collaborative Action Plan

"Because we lack the resources to respond effectively to pain, our emotions can easily override our reason and back us into a dark corner of despair. When Life experiences become overwhelmingly painful, we may even choose to end our lives prematurely: the final gesture of avoiding realities we have never trained ourselves to confront." (Tarthang Tulku, Knowledge of Freedom - Time to Change)


Health, Education, Military, Welfare & Justice Communities, in collaboration with the VA, Warrior Transition Programs, Behavioral Health & Army Community Services can do the following: 1) identify returning warriors and their families coming home; 2) connect every injured warrior & family with a trained community service advocate-battle buddy; 3) engage family with intensive & extensive health services; and, 4) introduce them to a professional self-care plan so they can heal, improve and restore their health and wellbeing.

Welcome home our returning vets, warriors, and families with health services and support them while they "join nature," transition from their military culture, and design & develop opportunities for them to improve the quality of their work, lives, health and relationships. It's time for our Vet support and community health, education, welfare & justice programs to create this action plan so we can prevent further despair, disillusionment and suicides. See our model health services program without using injurious labels and antipsychotic drugs. [link]
Call for Community Support Advocates-- Serving Injured, Wounded Warriors, Vets and their Families--A Transitional Health, Wellness, Aftercare & Continuing Care Services Program Plan.
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 Free DVD for Victims & Helpers of Hurricanes & Other Disasters5 comments
picture8 Sep 2005 @ 14:34
Free DVD for Victims, Families & Helpers!!!

As an active member of NCN, author and team leader of the 15-Minute StressOut Program & DVD, I want to make this instructional program available to large numbers of victims and helpers of this devastating hurricane.

Please accept this invitation, around the world, to join us in advancing the use of touch to improve the quality of lives, health and relationships. To learn more about us, our methods, research, guidelines, and values, do visit our Links, Resources, and other pages on our website.

Team members and others interested in using our "StressOut Program" for victims, helpers, and others located in shelters and other resources, please contact us and our distributor will send you our DVD, free of charge. 15-Minute StressOut Program

Humanity needs Loving Touch & Support. Please pass this invitation on to others who may be in need of skillful, healthy, loving, and respectful touch. We are here to serve.

Best wishes,

Gerald (Jerry) Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT
Professor Emeritus
New Mexico State University  More >