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picture10 May 2009 @ 14:06, by Gerald Vest

When we are able to still our body, breath and mind, a very comfortable, soothing feeling naturally arises. As we expand this feeling, we feel very much at home there, and we can return to this feeling again and again in daily meditation. (Tarthang Tulku, "Finding the Space Between Thoughts", p.127, Tibetan Meditation)


Come Join with us in support of our Veterans living out their lives in residential treatment centers and nursing homes:

I've learned that when our soldiers take leave and visit their homes and communities where they once called home, they have little in common to share with their family and friends after returning from "many long extended tours of duty" in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of our warriors have been so wounded that they are not often recognizable by their family. Many of our soldiers in rehabilitation in our Ft. Bliss Restoration & Resilience Center are physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually wounded as you may know, so it is hard for them to convey their experiences, especially their trauma, as few people can understand or appreciate what they have been through. After all, much of this war and the long deployments were held in secret by the previous administration while our media, professional organizations and politicians had little courage, ability or will to describe and inform others about the soldier and their family stories. (See, my previous log related to long deployments and how families describe their experiences.)

Can you envision Veteran's Nursing homes with a StressOut Team that partners up with a vet and gives our nourishing touch program to the residents, 2 x's a week. We are especially interested in partnering up with an elder vet suffering with Alzheimers'. We will shortly be training a core group of wives of our deployed Warriors and soldiers from our Ft. Bliss Restoration & Resilience Center, and other volunteers assigned to the Ft. Bliss Warrior Transition Battalion to provide this service.

We know that our mindful and skillful touch program unites the body, mind and spirit. See our Protocol for giving the 15-Minute Stressout. [link] This exchange of energy is experienced as Empathy when we breathe together as One. We open and close our Program while we lay and rest our hands on our partner's shoulders. This experience is referred to as "Melting" in the ancient Tibetan practice of Kum Nye. [link] (I have practiced and taught Kum Nye Relaxation during my 30 yr. tenure at New Mexico State University in my Holistic Health Practice Courses and curretly introduce meditation as a daily exercise in our integrative treatment center.)

Do visit our new Website that Brent Laracuente and Christy Laracuente put together to expand our use of touch into vet centers in our region and beyond; in nursing homes; Family and Childrens' programs; and, now with Wounded Warriors and their families.

If you wish more information do visit this Website: [link]

Several of us at Ft. Bliss are about to launch this training program for the wives of our soldiers assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion and also for the wives having their loved ones being deployed beginning May 11, 2009. In addition to helping or empowering wives and volunteers deal with the physical pain, stress, anxiety and depression often accompanied by these long separations, we are developing a core group of wives & soldiers to give our "stressouts" in Vet Centers in EP and in other places. Currently, we are focusing on the Alzheimer's patients as this population is rarely touched in skillful ways and meds are often the primary treatment intervention.

As I have described in previous logs, our City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Senior Programs, have joined with us for giving our partner massage/meditation program in diabetic clinics, in-home care, and nursing homes and we are now extending this health program in other communities and vet centers. [link]

If you wish to become trained in using our touch program and become certified as a team member and volunteer, do contact us and visit our websites to learn more about us and this opportunity to serve. [link]


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10 May 2009 @ 18:05 by a-d : Haven't read the whole
article yet, but I just thought I suggest to you, Jerry, to check this out http://www.oath-keepers.blogspot.com/
Veterans of USA have a LOT to say here!Many, many UTube discussions there by Veterans, sick & tired of how they've been treated, and they will tell you WHY they were/are treated the way they are!  



10 May 2009 @ 19:38 by jerryvest : Yes, I remember this site
and will add the link to my articles in the future. As you know, I know how the soldiers are treated as I interact with our Wounded Warriors every day and see how so many are still asked by their units to "suck up" their pain and the many symptoms related to being on Alert Status 24/7-- PTSD, TBI, STRESS and results of receing a vast number of explosions; extended & constant exposure to blood, death, dying, injury, cultural shock, etc. It can be overwhelming, at times, to learn about the traumatic experiences shared by our soldiers; the numerous long deployments they withstand, and being separated from their families and friends makes it almost miraculous, for families to remain together -- life as a soldier and family is often beyond the human body, mind, emotions and spirit to endure.

Thanks again, my friend....I hope these messages and these resources continue to gain attention in our global community.  



11 May 2009 @ 05:23 by a-d : Yah, you know, I find it quite
curious that the Big Boys with all their might and power to inflict violence ( with some Help from --paid-- MERCENARIES) on anybody , are so afraid of the Veterans, who believed in the Cause they were presented and were willing to put Life & limb on the line for something they truly believed in and saw worthy of protection for its own intrinsic value, --opposite to the Mercenaries who do it for BIG BUCKS! WHY are the Crooks afraid of the Vets???? doesn't make sense to me!... though I am happy that they are! : )..... (hope my statement makes sense!...) *!*  


11 May 2009 @ 11:28 by jerryvest : Sure, it makes sense, but nothing
about these wars are worthy of injuring or losing a single soldier, let alone, the destruction of families with the nonsensical extensive tours of duty. Today we are having a retreat to introduce some health practices for the care givers of the deployed soldiers. "Family First" is a great slogan for the Army, would be good if it was practiced. Thanks, Astrid, appreciate your contributions to this subject.  


11 May 2009 @ 14:16 by a-d : "Family First"
what a GREAT slogan!... Yeahhh... ONE day it WILL click in: 'FAMILY' !... --NOT the Crooks-- first!. :)  


12 May 2009 @ 00:50 by jerryvest : Yes, Astrid we have a lot to be angry
about and I am hopeful that our AG will get going--perhaps they are. Anyway, I am going to focus on the healthy, respectful and supportive activities and services that we can offer our soldiers and their families. Because we have been generating a lot of support and energy around the world with a healthy touch program and offering it with a global team of volunteers, it just seems to me to be the Right Action and right thing to do right now. Our NM model programs and others as described on our website is very encouraging and special for many elders, caregivers, families and couples. I have taken my pledge and made a commitment, early on, as a person and professional to serve Humanity. Seems like our use of touch to advance the quality of lives, health and relationships is Working well. Thanks for being here as we continue our journey.  


17 May 2009 @ 09:24 by jazzolog : Wounded Vets
I'm just finishing an article in last summer's AARP Magazine on this topic. The statistics it presents bring a rude awakening to a grim reality. http://www.aarpmagazine.org/family/when_wounded_vets_come_home.html

I imagine Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich know each other, both working for the New York Times as they do. But whether they're friends or travel in the same circles I've never heard. Nor do I know if one phones or texts the other checking on what's the topic of the latest column. I don't know if an editor let's them know they're both writing the same thing for the same edition, but when they do (whether you like either of them or not) it makes a big noise at the Sunday breakfast or brunch table. And that's what happened today.

Ms. Dowd's column, entitled Cheney, Master Of Pain, concludes~~~

The more telling news last week was yet another suggestion about Cheney’s reverse-engineering the Iraq war. Robert Windrem, a former NBC News investigative producer, reported on The Daily Beast that in April 2003, after the invasion of Baghdad, the U.S. arrested a top officer in Saddam’s security force. Even though this man was an old-fashioned P.O.W., someone in Vice’s orbit reportedly suggested that the interrogations were too gentle and that waterboarding might elicit information about the fantasized connection between Osama and Saddam.

In The Washington Note, a political and foreign policy blog, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former chief of staff at State, wrote that the “harsh interrogation in April and May of 2002 ... was not aimed at pre-empting another terrorist attack on the U.S. but discovering a smoking gun linking Iraq and Al Qaeda.”

More and more the timeline is raising the question of why, if the torture was to prevent terrorist attacks, it seemed to happen mainly during the period when the Bush crowd was looking for what was essentially political information to justify the invasion of Iraq.

I used to agree with President Obama, that it was better to keep moving and focus on our myriad problems than wallow in the darkness of the past. But now I want a full accounting. I want to know every awful act committed in the name of self-defense and patriotism. Even if it only makes one ambitious congresswoman pay more attention in some future briefing about some future secret technique that is “uniquely” designed to protect us, it will be worth it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/17/opinion/17dowd.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

Mr. Rich's is called Obama Can't Turn The Page On Bush, and finishes similarly~~~

The administration can’t “just keep walking” because it is losing control of the story. The Beltway punditocracy keeps repeating the cliché that only the A.C.L.U. and the president’s “left-wing base” want accountability, but that’s not the case. Americans know that the Iraq war is not over. A key revelation in last month’s Senate Armed Services Committee report on detainees — that torture was used to try to coerce prisoners into “confirming” a bogus Al Qaeda-Saddam Hussein link to sell that war — is finally attracting attention. The more we learn piecemeal of this history, the more bipartisan and voluble the call for full transparency has become.

And I do mean bipartisan. Both Dick Cheney, hoping to prove that torture “worked,” and Nancy Pelosi, fending off accusations of hypocrisy on torture, have now asked for classified C.I.A. documents to be made public. When a duo this unlikely, however inadvertently, is on the same side of an issue, the wave is rising too fast for any White House to control. Court cases, including appeals by the “bad apples” made scapegoats for Abu Ghraib, will yank more secrets into the daylight and enlist more anxious past and present officials into the Cheney-Pelosi demands for disclosure.

It will soon be every man for himself. “Did President Bush know everything you knew?” Bob Schieffer asked Cheney on “Face the Nation” last Sunday. The former vice president’s uncharacteristically stumbling and qualified answer — “I certainly, yeah, have every reason to believe he knew...” — suggests that the Bush White House’s once-united front is starting to crack under pressure.

I’m not a fan of Washington’s blue-ribbon commissions, where political compromises can trump the truth. But the 9/11 investigation did illuminate how, a month after Bush received an intelligence brief titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.,” 3,000 Americans were slaughtered on his and Cheney’s watch. If the Obama administration really wants to move on from the dark Bush era, it will need a new commission, backed up by serious law enforcement, to shed light on where every body is buried.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/17/opinion/17rich-5.html?th&emc=th

Under current financial realities for even this newspaper, it might be a good thing to pick up your copy at the local newsstand.  



17 May 2009 @ 18:23 by jerryvest : Great read,Jazzo....
Rory is so lucky to have such a great family to help him survive and prevent him from taking his own life. It is so true that this/these wars have produced so many injuries to the brain and wounded, many who were able to survive because of the improved training, technology, and great medics, surgeons, nurses, PA's, rehab and mental health professionals, and other disciplines. They also credit the armour and safety equipment, but that took some time in the making and delivery as we recall. I am amazed how strong and resilient these warriors are, however, I think the Army should increase and strengthen their screening processes for the soldiers deployed and returning from theater. I have learned that many soldiers will not say yes to the 4 questions on their mental health assessment when they return from war, because if they do, they will be quaranteened, and will not be able to see their family. We can only imagine how hard it would be for a soldier to admit that he is not fit for duty, even knowing that he/she can't sleep and has enormous frightening nightmares; is hypervigilent; easily angered; has constant and painful headaches; lost his short term memory; isolates himself as he can't stand being around others; tremendous back and knee pain from carrying heavy equipment while also jumping from trucks, tanks and planes; and, more.

Richard, I do appreciate your contributions to this post as these soldiers and their families are real people who are doing everything they can to help their loved ones through this pain and suffering of war. These soldiers and their families are very brave and we must 'reach out' to do all we can as a society and human family to support and assist our great warriors.

We can start by thanking them for providing safety and security for us and being willing to give up their lives for our welfare. Visit our soldiers in the Vet Centers and hospitals. Let them know that we care about them and become a volunteer to do everything possible to help our wounded recover physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

I believe that it is going to take many of our soldiers a long time to forgive their leadership and to overcome their pain and suffering, not just from their battles, but knowing that their families have also been abandoned for years while serving these numerous, long term deployments.

I hope everyone will read the links identified in your comments. Thank you, Jerry  



11 Jul 2009 @ 17:08 by jerryvest : Billing for medical malpractice?
I'm sorry, but I know little if anything about medical malpractice. Perhaps you can find some information on {link:http://www.Webmd.com} Thank you for visiting my log.  


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