Project Welcome Home Troops

Project Welcome Home Troops Our mission is to improve the quality of life for returning veterans and their families. We provide safe and effective techniques for stress relief, greater health and well-being, and empowerment.
Project Welcome Home Troops aims to address the intense distress some returning veterans experience. Many of these brave men and women have been repeatedly exposed to traumatic events and life-threatening situations on multiple deployments to combat zones. The International Association for Human Values (IAHV) has developed Project Welcome Home Troops as a resilience-building program specifically designed to address the needs of returning combat veterans. CFC# 10864
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• An interactive, practical mind-body program • The Power Breath Workshop is a mind-body resilience building program for returning veterans. It offers practical breath-based tools that decrease the stress, anxiety and sleep problems that many returning veterans experience. A cornerstone of the Power Breath Workshop is the SKY (Sudarshan Kriya Yoga) Practice, a set of breathing techniques. Through rhythmic breathing patterns, the SKY Practice brings deep mental and physical relaxation which can reduce symptoms of anxiety, anger, insomnia and depression. Through interactive discussions, the Power Breath workshop builds a framework for resilience and empowerment, and develops self-awareness, connectedness and community, and a positive outlook. • A 20hr program with practical take-home tools and ongoing support • Course Sessions - The Power Breath Workshop is taught over 5-7 consecutive days, in 3-4 hour sessions. Attendance at all sessions is required. Take Home Tools – Learn a set of daily breathing practices that take about 25 minutes to complete. Some of the practices can be used as needed, day or night to reduce sudden anxiety or insomnia. Ongoing Support - When possible, participants are also supported through facilitated followups with their trainers, arranged either in-person (when possible) or via teleconference (i.e. Skype). Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) number: 10864

#complementaryalternativemedicine Bullet point 3: “Study and invest in innovative treatment options by expanding veteran...
08/07/2020
U.S. Senate Advances Landmark Veterans Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Legislation | United States Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

#complementaryalternativemedicine Bullet point 3: “Study and invest in innovative treatment options by expanding veterans’ access to alternative programs and investing in VA research on veterans’ suicide risk and identifying and treating mental illness.” #projectwelcomehometroops #WholeHealth #ComplementaryAndAlternativeMedecine

United States Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

#PTSDAwarenessDay #YouAreNotAlone #HelpIsHere
06/27/2020

#PTSDAwarenessDay #YouAreNotAlone #HelpIsHere

Thank you for your service, women of the military!
06/12/2020

Thank you for your service, women of the military!

#ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops - literally meeting you in your home with our virtual Power Breath Meditation workshop. Check ...
05/30/2020
Yoga and meditation offer health care savings—and you can do them at home - Harvard Health Blog

#ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops - literally meeting you in your home with our virtual Power Breath Meditation workshop. Check us out at www.PWHT.org

Results from a recent study show that people enrolled in a mind-body relaxation program (that included yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral skills) used 43% fewer medical services than they did the previous year, saving on average $2,360 per person in emergency room visits alone.

#NeverForget
05/25/2020

#NeverForget

In memory of veterans of all wars, as well.

05/25/2020
These are great, simple exercises one can use to soothe the nervous system when anxiety and hyperarousal are present - h...
05/21/2020
Peter Levine’s Self Holding Exercises for Sufferers of PTSD – PART 2 – The Art of Healing Trauma

These are great, simple exercises one can use to soothe the nervous system when anxiety and hyperarousal are present - human touch is so important to our wellbeing - with physical distancing during the pandemic, tools like this are a great resource. #SelfCare, #SootheAnxiety

Inter-palmal Self-Regulation, (inter-palmal = between the palms, self -regulation = regulation of one’s own physiology), Self-Therapeutic Touch, Hand Placement for Self-Induced Homeostasis, Hand Positions for Internal Balance, The 2 Step Self-Soothing Hand Positions Exercise

05/06/2020
Project Welcome Home Troops HD

This #GivingTuesdayNOW, take a few minutes to listen to these Veterans share their powerful stories of transformation following the Power Breath Meditation Workshop. What makes PWHT different? Our simple yet powerful breathing tools are transforming and saving lives. In the time of Covid-19, the ability to reach Veterans in their homes with online workshops is critical. Make your gift today - make a difference! https://www.facebook.com/donate/729865201117431/

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for returning veterans and their families. We provide safe and effective techniques for stress relief, greater ...

05/05/2020
PWHT Room To Breathe Campaign

We are all living in uncharted waters in the world and for many Veterans, their struggles with PTS, depression, anxiety and suicide have become even more evident for some as sheltering in place has left them without their normal outlets, social support and services. This #GivingTuesdayNOW #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops is proud to announce that our signature, life-saving workshop is now going online to reach Veterans and their immediate family around the country. Please listen in to the powerful sharing of Power Breath Meditation alumni and join me today by making your contribution to support the launch of online workshops for the Veterans we serve.

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05/05/2020

Project Welcome Home Troops's cover photo

Research Summit Brings Scholars Together on Moral Injury
05/04/2020
Research Summit Brings Scholars Together on Moral Injury

Research Summit Brings Scholars Together on Moral Injury

A February 2020 research summit on moral injury, hosted by the Military and Veterans Programs (MVP) at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, expanded understanding of this subject, as scientists discussed its applicability for treatment of trauma both inside and outside a military conte...

Social connection could decrease suicidal thoughts
04/30/2020
Social connection could decrease suicidal thoughts

Social connection could decrease suicidal thoughts

"When working with Veterans, I noticed that many didn't have social connections," Chen says. "We know that feeling connected to others can be a form of protection against suicide. So I thought to myself, if the Veterans I work with don't have many connections, perhaps we could help them create new c...

"The researchers found that meditation and yoga was positively related both to stress and coping with stress. Participan...
04/18/2020
Meditation and yoga practice linked to reduced volume in brain region tied to negative emotions

"The researchers found that meditation and yoga was positively related both to stress and coping with stress. Participants who reported practicing meditation and yoga tended to also report experiencing more stress. But 90.7% of practitioners also reported that meditation and yoga helped them cope with stress." #Meditation #Yoga #Breathwork #StressRelief #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops

Meditation and yoga practice is associated with smaller right amygdala volume, a brain region involved in emotional processing, according to research ...

“One of the easiest ways to reduce stress is by simply focusing your attention on your breath, according to Harvard Medi...
03/28/2020
Take a breath: How the simple act of meditative breathing helps us cope

“One of the easiest ways to reduce stress is by simply focusing your attention on your breath, according to Harvard Medical School, since it's a form of beginner level meditation that anyone can do.” #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops. #SKYBreathingMeditation

Living through a pandemic is stressful. Alternative medicine advocate Dr. Deepak Chopra walks us through how to do a breathing meditation to ease our stress, thus calming our minds.

These are trying times for everyone.  #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops will be setting up online follow-ups for our program gra...
03/18/2020
Harvard Medical School recommends yoga, meditation to deal with coronavirus anxiety

These are trying times for everyone. #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops will be setting up online follow-ups for our program graduates across the country support everyone.

If there are friends and followers on this page who have not taken our workshop would like to experience some of the techniques we teach to reduce stress and anxiety, please comment on this post and we will schedule some sessions on this page for our online followers.

The Harvard Medical School said in its latest health guideline that, yoga, meditation and controlled breathing are "some tried and true ways to relax". The article 'Coping with coronavirus anxiety' was published this week.

03/12/2020
“According to practitioners, those slow, deep breaths set off a cascade of physiological responses that accelerate your ...
03/03/2020
Why slowing your breathing helps you relax

“According to practitioners, those slow, deep breaths set off a cascade of physiological responses that accelerate your descent into a more complete state of relaxation, compared to more passive mindfulness exercises.”

Cultivating more control over our lungs can bring many benefits to our mental and physical health. Is it time to relearn breathing?

"Like a virus in our encoding system, unprocessed traumatic memories can become sticking points that cause our mental an...
02/19/2020
How unprocessed trauma is stored in the body

"Like a virus in our encoding system, unprocessed traumatic memories can become sticking points that cause our mental and physical processes to malfunction. Early evidence of cellular memory shows that it’s not just our brain, but our body’s cells that could hold an imprint of past traumatic events."

Yoga, Breath work, Meditation are ways to process and delink emotional/physiological responses to past traumatic experiences allowing a beneficial shift in how one perceives and relates to traumatic experiences.

When all is well, our brain is the greatest supercomputer on earth. A complex network of about 100 billion neurons, it’s not only great at…

02/11/2020
Veterans gather on South Coast to learn how to help other veterans at risk of suicide
02/07/2020
Veterans gather on South Coast to learn how to help other veterans at risk of suicide

Veterans gather on South Coast to learn how to help other veterans at risk of suicide

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and veterans are an at-risk group. Veterans gathered at the Mill Casino for a special suicide prevention training and lunch forum, where they learned to "ask a question to save a life. " KVAL.

We must do better, complimentary alternative medicines like yoga, breath work and meditation offer relief to many when s...
02/05/2020
VA, DoD recommended PTSD therapies don’t help many military patients, review finds

We must do better, complimentary alternative medicines like yoga, breath work and meditation offer relief to many when standard treatments fail them. They are also cost effective, help reduce dependency on medications and improve overall wellbeing.

Cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure therapy fail to help up to two-thirds of patients with service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder.

'I'm not the same': Hurdles remain for troops, veterans with TBI despite increase in awareness
02/05/2020
'I'm not the same': Hurdles remain for troops, veterans with TBI despite increase in awareness

'I'm not the same': Hurdles remain for troops, veterans with TBI despite increase in awareness

Iraq War veteran Brian McGough said he gets headaches every week. “People should understand that the range of complications that come with traumatic brain injury are more than just headaches,” McGough said. “Even mild cases can cause ... memory and concentration issues, seizures, vision proble...

“Our breathing is a powerful way for us to regulate our emotions, and it is something we take for granted. Through your ...
01/31/2020
Four Ways to Calm Your Mind in Stressful Times

“Our breathing is a powerful way for us to regulate our emotions, and it is something we take for granted. Through your breath, you can activate your parasympathetic nervous system—the calming response in your body.”

A sense of calm offers us strength and resilience amid the chaos of life.

consideration by the full Senate.“Our nation’s veterans have faithfully served our country, and they deserve to know tha...
01/30/2020
Warner Bill to Boost VA Suicide Prevention Efforts Advances in the Senate

consideration by the full Senate.

“Our nation’s veterans have faithfully served our country, and they deserve to know that, as they face the invisible wounds of war, we will do everything we can to make sure they receive the help they need. Currently, we are facing an alarming rate of suicide deaths among our veteran population and we’ve got to make tackling this issue a priority. With today’s markup of our bill, we are one step closer to making sure veterans get the services and resources they need,” said Sen. Warner.

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner

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Project Welcome Home Troop’s Power Breath Meditation workshop transforms lives restoring wellbeing, mental focus and a renewed sense of connection and purpose. Research indicates that Veterans and Military Members may get relief from chronic and traumatic stress using our scientifically backed breath-based meditation techniques. These powerful techniques address the root of the extreme stress of military life including deployments, traumatic loss, chronic stress and reintegration with family and community. Our program proudly serves military installations, Veterans Affairs Hospitals, Vet Centers, universities and communities around the United States. “After 28 years of silence, the Power Breath workshop helped me to speak up about an assault while in the Air Force. It has totally changed the direction of my life.” – Karen, USAF “I am looking forward to using this technique to jump back into life with more heart and more hope.” - Alex W., U.S. Army

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The Greatest Honor - His was to serve his Country, mine is to tell his story. My father and I are going back to Vietnam 50 years after he served two tours in order to tell his story from first-hand experience as a US Army Helicopter Pilot. These will be raw, true stories from some of the location that they happened at. We hope he can come home this time to a better welcome. Please support him and our journey by watching it all on our youtube channel. It is Called "Life With Cameras" We will be making atleast 24 videos and a Documentary from the journey and you will get to hear it all from a man that held it in for 50 years. Thank you for your time. God Bless America and All of our Soldiers
Practical breath, somatic based techniques that empower individuals to enable change.
I teach 5 Element Qi Gong and it is great for PTSD. I would like to start teaching more and started a group in my college where I go to school. Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, and Meditation are all related and could heal this planet and each of one of us. The first three are moving meditation and to ready for the still and quiet.
Let's give her our support guys!! 💖
Can anyone tell me if the segment "Voices of Resilience" will be broadcast again, or give me a link to it. I watched "Almost Sunrise", but "Voices of Resilience" did not follow. I can't seem to find it on line. Thanks
I just watched this last night. Absolutely amazing and educating. Are there volunteer opportunities available for those of us that would like to help and donate time?
I just saw a presentation on this on ETV. It is excellent and I would say all responsible citizens should see it. I t really opened my eyes. It confronts a crippling issue of returning vets called "Moral Injury". It's really encouraging to know this effort is being promoted.