WARRIORS AT EASE wrote -
- 22 Veterans Commit Suicide Everyday
- More than 30% of those deployed have PTSD or Depression
- 47% of vets with PTSD do not seek care
- Between 2001 and 2011, the % of Active Duty service members diagnosed with one or more psychological conditions increased by 62%
- 55% of women and 38% of men experienced Sexual Assault while in the military
- The rate of mental illness in military children is THREE TIMES that of civilian children
Every day, our 700 Warriors at Ease teachers bring the message and tools to achieve Post Traumatic Growth to thousands of Service Members, Veterans and Military Families. Our programs reconnect veterans with the part of themselves that is untouched by war. They learn practical tools to deal with anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain and substance abuse dependancy. These programs save lives, change families and give back hope.
We need your help! We have more opportunities than ever and want to honor them all.
Here are some of the ways your donation makes a difference:
- Training and 'Deploying' Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and Meditation Teachers into Military & Veteran Communities (more than 600 Warriors at Ease teachers serving more than 100,000 veterans at more than 65 bases and VAs)
- Creating and managing yoga programs at bases and VA's: Military Sexual Trauma Program Military Family Program Resiliency Training Program
- Leading Veterans Retreats, Readiness & Resiliency Programs and Trauma Workshops
- Support programs at places like Walter Reed, Fort Meade and other bases and VAs across the country
- Providing mind body tools to those who need them
We need to:
- Create a new website to bring online tools to even more people
- Expand our offerings
- Increase awareness of how yoga & meditation is a complementary adjunct to the treatment of PTSD & TBI.
- Increase the number of yoga & meditation classes being offered to warriors and veterans.
- Increase the number of yoga & meditation teachers trained to teach to the unique needs of military communities.
With your support from last year, this is what we accomplished in 2015:
- Advancing a long-term plan for offering standardized yoga and meditation classes across the full spectrum of health care in all DoD healthcare facilities and bases;
- Received a $24K grant from Disabled Veterans National Foundation to develop a new webinar program, "Yoga and Meditation for Military Sexual Trauma". The program is scheduled to launch in January 2016.
- Formed a partnership with several Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) to offer “Bridging the Gap” retreats for family caregivers of veterans and active duty service members who suffer from visible and invisible wounds of war. At least 4 retreats will be offered yearly around the country. Funded by the Walter Reed Foundation;
- Formed a partnership with Manhattan College and Sivananda Ashram (Bahamas) to offer on-campus and 4.5 day retreats to freshman veterans at Manhattan College to offer stress reduction tools to enhance academic success.
- Developed a new program at Ft. Meade, MD in partnership with the Behavioral Health Department. Two WAE-trained teachers offer weekly "Yoga for Resilience" classes for service members and their families.
- Currently staffing a new program at the USO Warrior and Family Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for two weekly WAE classes.
- WAE is training yoga instructors for a large, new yoga for a back pain study sponsored by Boston University
- Eastern Foundry, a veteran-owned business incubator and accelerator, selected WAE as a finalist in a national competition for most innovative approach to addressing PTSD. WAE was one of 14 finalists in a three-day event designed to cross-fertilize social entrepreneurs working to support veterans.
- Invited to participate as subject matter experts in a national conference, sponsored by the Yoga Service Council, to create a “Best Practices” book that will be distributed to VAs nationally to support the integration of yoga and meditation into VA facilities.
- Co-Founder, Robin Carnes was a speaker at the first annual “Service Member to Civilian” National Conference. Response was very positive and WAE is slated to play a bigger role in this conference next year.
- Kaiser Permanente featured WAE in a training film, which is shown to thousands of healthcare providers nationally. The film’s purpose is to highlight the unique healthcare needs of veterans transitioning into civilian life. In the film, WAE trainers and trainees are shown doing yoga and meditation as a way to promote health, well-being, and resiliency. (To view the film, please visit: “Warriors At Ease Training – filmed by Kaiser Permanente” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNX0IwDjQ7s.
We need your help to do this. Thank you for your donation!