On this Veterans Day we wanted to take a moment to thank all of the clinicians who have joined Homecoming for Veterans to support those in need by providing neurofeedback treatment for veterans with PTSD at no cost. Each day veterans are returning from deployments abroad and facing the challenges of life back home. We are so proud of the work that is being done by our network of clinicians, and want to encourage all of our colleagues who are practicing neurofeedback treatment to consider joining the Homecoming for Veterans team.
We all know this is a huge challenge. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs in June 2010, there were 171,423 deployed Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans diagnosed with PTSD, out of a total of 593,634 patients treated by the VA. But the toll goes beyond just the numbers. Every day we hear stories of vets who are returning home only to struggle with depression and alcohol and drug abuse. These health issues are leading to broken families, homelessness and in far too many cases, suicide.
We have seen the stunning results of neurofeedback for those suffering from this disorder. We have heard it in our conversations with all of you, and it has been proven through the work that is being done at military bases like Camp Pendleton in California. The demand for care is great and by agreeing to provide support to veterans in need you can have an impact on those who have served our country so honorably.
Just this week we saw this remarkable news report and article from one of our clinicians in the Homecoming for Veterans network. Kimberly Smith, a neurofeedback practitioner in Bakersfield, CA, has opened her doors to vets in need and helped them to make remarkable strides towards recovery. Please take a look at this story to see how her work has made a difference in people’s lives.
Stories like this not only raise awareness of the important work being done in neurofeedback for veterans, but it helps the entire field of neurofeedback gain visibility in the public consciousness. Hopefully Kimberly’s story will inspire you to join with us and become an HC4V clinician. You can join our team by signing up at HC4V.org. If you have already joined us in this effort, thank you for your commitment and support of our efforts. Together we can make a real difference in the lives of true heroes that deserve our support.
Board Chair, HC4V
Executive Director, HC4V