Estimates reflect that 800,000 veterans will suffer from this challenging and often debilitating condition. They are living with life-threatening symptoms of mental illness: depression, frustration, sleeplessness, nightmares and flashbacks and feelings of isolation. Many are unable to work and are filled with anger and despair. And veterans are not the only ones affected. Their families suffer with them, while health care providers serving vets are dealing with their own stress and trauma.
Our work with military veterans
Since 2007, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine has trained over 800 clinicians and peer counselors who work with veterans and active duty military. The New York Times article, “For Veterans, a Surge of New Treatments for Trauma,” highlights CMBM’s work: “The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s program…is the most comprehensive of all of them…and it is the one with the strongest evidence that it works to cure PTSD.”
In 2019, expanding on 10 years of partnership-building with Veterans Administration centers around the country, CMBM signed a contract with the Veterans Affairs (VA) Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8).
VISN 8 provides healthcare services to veterans in Florida, South Georgia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. Designed and implemented in partnership with the VA’s national Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation (OPCC-CT), the VISN 8 program is integrating CMBM’s curriculum with the VA’s existing Whole Health Coaching curriculum. VISN 8 staff have integrated our model into their clinical work with the entire system, and VISN 8 leadership have recommended that CMBM’s training programs should lay the foundation for the VA’s national response program.