John Osborne, the national director for of Project Welcome Home Troops (PWHT), a program of the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) to address the needs of returning combat veterans, is visiting marlabs on December 23, 2015 for a brief presentation on the current scenario and the innovative approach of PWTH in addressing their needs. Many of these brave men and women have been repeatedly exposed to traumatic events and life-threatening situations on multiple deployments to combat zones. Unfortunately, these veterans are often forgotten when they return and outreach and assistance to them are limited.
The National Institutes of Health estimate that, of the approximately 2 million veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, up to 20% suffer from post-traumatic stress or PTS. Veterans of previous wars may also continue to experience symptoms of PTS, an anxiety disorder that develops as a result of exposure to a traumatic event. PWHT has been finding success in reviving them through various breathing and meditation workshops, primarily called Power Breath Meditation Workshop. This process helps troops gain a higher percentage of recovery (more than 50%) than many traditional methods.
Project Welcome Home Troops began in 2006 when several trauma relief trainers from the IAHV volunteered to give a presentation on stress relief to veterans in Orange County, California. Being a non-profit organization run by volunteers, they rely on a lot of support from outside to fund their daily operations. Visit www.pwht.org for more details.