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

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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Great advice.
08/30/2021

Great advice.

Excellent advice from our friends at @fightoardie and @cohenveterans !

08/29/2021

Taking a moment of pause to remember these heroes. As you feel everything from denial to anger to sadness to fear let’s try to carve out a place in our hearts to keep the candle of hope burning for these men and women that gave all. They answered the call, “If not me, then who?”

-Sgt Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

-Sgt Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California.

-SSgt Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah.

-Cpl Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California.

-Cpl Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska.

-Cpl Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana.

-LCpl David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas.

-LCpl Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri.

-LCpl Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming.

-LCpl Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California.

-LCpl Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California.

-Staff Sergeant Ryan C Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee.

-Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio.

Please continue to pray for our wounded. Pray for our boots still on the ground in Kabul. Pray for the families and friends who are now planning funerals instead of welcome homes.

#UntilValhalla #NeverForgotten

U.S. Veterans are mobilizing to aid the effort to extract U.S. Citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies.  Thank yo...
08/28/2021
U.S. veterans mobilize to rescue Afghan interpreters from the Taliban

U.S. Veterans are mobilizing to aid the effort to extract U.S. Citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies. Thank you veterans for bringing your heart, conviction and skills to aid those in this perilous situation.

"We can't leave them behind," a retired Marine who is leading a rescue mission from California said.

#ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops stands with all veterans and service members as we stand together in the anger, sadness and gr...
08/26/2021

#ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops stands with all veterans and service members as we stand together in the anger, sadness and grief of this moment. Our hearts go out to the Marine's and the families who grieve.

Eighteen months without an American servicemember casualty in Afghanistan, then we have 12 today. Equivalent to a squad of Marines and their Corpsman. Many of us are feeling this loss particularly grievously, and the deafening silence where there should be response causes us no end of rage and sadness, in equal measure. Regardless of your beliefs, regardless of your politics, there are 12 families who must now put to rest a treasured son or daughter who gave their life trying to save those of others. These men and women died honorably, in pursuit of the safety and liberty of others, and we do not need to stand upon their bodies for the sake of political points, but we do need to respond.

We know this is an extremely difficult time for a significant portion of the veteran community; many of our staff, myself included, have walked those lands and seen the people there, have given of ourselves time we can never reclaim so that they may have a chance at a better future. Do not keep your thoughts to yourself. Reach out to your friends, your brothers, your sisters, your mentors, and keep the poisons of the mind from gaining hold during this dark time.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that he would lay down his life for his brothers."

-Angron

Reach out to your brothers and sisters who served in Afghanistan, make sure they are ok. The #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops t...
08/17/2021

Reach out to your brothers and sisters who served in Afghanistan, make sure they are ok. The #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops team is here offering powerful breath-based tools to move strong emotions, stress, trauma and moral injury. Find a Power Breath Workshop here: https://projectwelcomehometroops.org/%E2%80%8Bpower-breath-meditation-workshop/

Reach out to your brothers and sisters who served in Afghanistan, make sure they are ok. The #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops team is here offering powerful breath-based tools to move strong emotions, stress, trauma and moral injury. Find a Power Breath Workshop here: https://projectwelcomehometroops.org/%E2%80%8Bpower-breath-meditation-workshop/

One-hour virtual Room To Breathe Seminar: Master Your Breath, Master Your Life.  Learn about the science behind the brea...
08/17/2021
Room to Breathe: Master Your Breath, Master Your Life

One-hour virtual Room To Breathe Seminar: Master Your Breath, Master Your Life. Learn about the science behind the breath and how to manage your mind and emotions using simple, powerful techniques. Tuesday, August 24, 7:00 - 8:00pm Central Time. Register at the link below to reserve your space.

Room to Breathe: an introduction to the PWHT Power Breath workshop. Gain insights into your own mind and how to manage it with breath

Photos from Stop Soldier Suicide's post
08/16/2021

Photos from Stop Soldier Suicide's post

Excellent article on what moral injury is. Many graduates of #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops Power Breath Workshop report gett...
08/13/2021
Treating “Moral” Injuries

Excellent article on what moral injury is. Many graduates of #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops Power Breath Workshop report getting relief from moral injury. Visit 'events' on this page for upcoming workshops.
"Though PTSD symptoms such as avoidance of reminders of the traumatic event and intrusive thought patterns may also be present in moral injury, they appear to serve different purposes, with PTSD sufferers avoiding fear and moral injury sufferers avoiding shame triggers. Few comparison studies of PTSD and moral injury exist, yet there has been research that indirectly compares the two conditions by differentiating between fear-based and non-fear-based (i.e., moral injury) forms of PTSD, which have been demonstrated to have different neurobiological markers. In the context of the military, there are countless examples of potentially morally injurious events (PMIEs), which can include killing or wounding others, engaging in retribution or disproportionate violence, or failing to save the life of a comrade, child or civilian. The experience of PMIEs has been demonstrated to lead to a larger range of psychological distress symptoms, including higher levels of guilt, anger, shame, depression and social isolation, than those seen in traditional PTSD profiles."

A potentially debilitating condition in veterans, distinct from PTSD, results from crossing moral lines

“Experts agree that service dogs are one of the best mental health treatments to help bring relief, solace, and recovery...
08/09/2021
Puppies and veterans just breached the partisan divide in Congress

“Experts agree that service dogs are one of the best mental health treatments to help bring relief, solace, and recovery for our veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress,” said Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-11th Dist., a Navy veteran and a bill co-sponsor."
https://www.nj.com/politics/2021/08/puppies-and-veterans-just-breached-the-partisan-divide-in-congress.html

The Senate approved legislation, co-sponsored Rep. Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy pilot, to help veterans train service dogs and then adopt them. The House passed the bill earlier.

Today is Purple Heart Day. #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops thanks the men and women who have endured circumstances that result...
08/07/2021

Today is Purple Heart Day. #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops thanks the men and women who have endured circumstances that resulted in this award; and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice who were awarded also.

Today is Purple Heart Day. #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops thanks the men and women who have endured circumstances that resulted in this award; and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice who were awarded also.

"The early results tell a clear story. Working with colleagues from Emory University and the Atlanta Veteran Associate H...
08/04/2021
Yoga found to be “game-changer” in treatment of sexual abuse-related PTSD in veterans

"The early results tell a clear story. Working with colleagues from Emory University and the Atlanta Veteran Associate Health Care System, Kelly has found empirical evidence yoga can be just as effective as CPT in the treatment of PTSD."

Break-through study led by Emory University’s Ursula Kelly finds trauma-sensitive yoga programs just as effective, faster to work and easier to complete than “gold-standard” cognitive therapy.

We are in challenging times and the best way to navigate them is with a calm, clear, rested mind. This Wednesday, July 1...
07/12/2021
Room to Breathe

We are in challenging times and the best way to navigate them is with a calm, clear, rested mind. This Wednesday, July 14th at 7:00pm Pacific, we invite veterans, military, immediate family and veteran service providers to join our Room to Breathe one hour introductory session to #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops Power Breath workshop where you will learn about the science of breath and how to master your own breath to manage the mind and emotions; living more in the present moment.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/room-to-breathe-tickets-162750413869?aff=ebdssbeac

Room to Breath is an introductory session of the Power Breath workshop offering insights into your own mind and how to manage it with breath

Veterans, Military and immediate family members join in next Wednesday July 14 at 7:00pm PT for a one hour Room To Breat...
07/09/2021
Room to Breathe

Veterans, Military and immediate family members join in next Wednesday July 14 at 7:00pm PT for a one hour Room To Breath - an introduction to #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops Power Breath workshop. Free of charge. Register on the link below.

Room to Breath is an introductory session of the Power Breath workshop offering insights into your own mind and how to manage it with breath

#PTSDAwaremnessMonth #Youarenotalone #Invisiblewounds #moralinjury #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops
06/04/2021

#PTSDAwaremnessMonth #Youarenotalone #Invisiblewounds #moralinjury #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops

#PTSDAwaremnessMonth #Youarenotalone #Invisiblewounds #moralinjury #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops

Today we honor those who made a great sacrifice for us. #rememberthefallen #memorialday #neverforgotten
05/31/2021

Today we honor those who made a great sacrifice for us. #rememberthefallen #memorialday #neverforgotten

Today we honor those who made a great sacrifice for us. #rememberthefallen #memorialday #neverforgotten

#Remember #MemorialDay #notforgotten
05/30/2021

#Remember #MemorialDay #notforgotten

#Remember #MemorialDay #notforgotten

#PowerBreath #meditation #calmthemonkeymind
05/25/2021

#PowerBreath #meditation #calmthemonkeymind

#PowerBreath #meditation #calmthemonkeymind

#community #connection #camaraderie
05/17/2021
Virtual café provides sense of community for veterans

#community #connection #camaraderie

Veterans of all ages and branches can share their thoughts, stories and experiences at the upcoming Virtual Veterans’ Café, which takes place at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 27.

Great News! "The American Legion-backed bill will allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to connect service dogs with ...
05/14/2021
Legion-supported PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act passes House

Great News! "The American Legion-backed bill will allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to connect service dogs with veterans dealing with post-deployment mental health needs by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations that would provide veterans with puppies to become therapeutic service dogs, as well as cover the cost of training the puppies."

The legislation will enable VA to work with nonprofits to provide therapeutic service dogs to veterans dealing with mental health needs.

"The CVI Help app can help a military member, a veteran or a family member get access to food, shelter, and health needs...
05/14/2021
New mobile app helps veterans combat loneliness, isolation amid pandemic

"The CVI Help app can help a military member, a veteran or a family member get access to food, shelter, and health needs. It connects veterans to more than 560 organizations that are ready to help."

The CVI Help app can help a current military member veteran or family member get access to food, shelter, and health needs. It connects veterans to more than 560 organizations that are ready to help.

If you have been feeling "off" you are not alone. What we call brain fog, Catherine Loveday, professor of cognitive neur...
05/03/2021
Brain fog: how trauma, uncertainty and isolation have affected our minds and memory

If you have been feeling "off" you are not alone. What we call brain fog, Catherine Loveday, professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Westminster, calls poor “cognitive function”. That covers “everything from our memory, our attention and our ability to problem-solve to our capacity to be creative. Essentially, it’s thinking.”

After a year of lockdown, many of us are finding it hard to think clearly, or remember what happened when. Neuroscientists and behavioural experts explain why

Dr. Emma Seppala speaks on her research with Veterans and the power of the breath to heal. #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops
04/19/2021
Interview on Emma's Research of Yoga-Breathing for Veterans with PTSD

Dr. Emma Seppala speaks on her research with Veterans and the power of the breath to heal. #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops

An Reporter Interviews Emma on her Veterans' Research. The research study looked at the impact of a yoga-based breathing practice, Sudarshan Kriya Yoga, on v...

Join us on Wednesday, April 21 for a one hour online Room to Breathe session - experience the power of the breath to imp...
04/18/2021
Room to Breathe

Join us on Wednesday, April 21 for a one hour online Room to Breathe session - experience the power of the breath to improve sleep, manage the mind and so much more. Click below to register free of cost.

Room to Breath is an introductory session of the Power Breath workshop offering insights into your own mind and how to manage it with breath

Join us on Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00pm Pacific on Zoom for a Room to Breath session: An Introduction the Power Breath ...
04/16/2021
Room to Breathe

Join us on Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00pm Pacific on Zoom for a Room to Breath session: An Introduction the Power Breath workshop. Discover the power of your own breath to manage the mind and emotions. Free of cost. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/room-to-breathe-tickets-151152337711

Room to Breath is an introductory session of the Power Breath workshop offering insights into your own mind and how to manage it with breath

The “Let's Walk It Out” event started Thursday morning and hope to educate people on the importance of discussing mental...
04/09/2021
Veterans and service members march over 200 miles for mental health awareness

The “Let's Walk It Out” event started Thursday morning and hope to educate people on the importance of discussing mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder. The 222-mile march represents the 22 veterans who take their own life on a daily basis — and organizer Tizoc “TJ” Jaimes says to them it’s also a symbol of change."

A group of veterans and active service members are hitting the road to bring awareness to mental health within the military and first responder community. According to ABC affiliate WTVD, these service members have organized a 222-mile ruck march from Fayetteville to Camp Lejeune and back. The &ldqu...

#ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops is grateful for our Vietnam Vets, remembering them all today.
03/29/2021

#ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops is grateful for our Vietnam Vets, remembering them all today.

#ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops is grateful for our Vietnam Vets, remembering them all today.

“All traumatic events are defined by a lack of safety, predictability and control,” Libby said. “For someone who develop...
03/12/2021
30% of Veterans Suffer From PTSD. Science Says Yoga Will Help Them Heal

“All traumatic events are defined by a lack of safety, predictability and control,” Libby said. “For someone who develops post-traumatic stress that perpetuates, the world continues to feel unsafe, unpredictable and uncontrollable, and my own mind and body are also unsafe, uncontrollable and unpredictable. As PTSD is a psycho-physiological condition, it only makes sense that a body-mind approach [like yoga] would be helpful.” #yoga #breathwork, #veteranwellness, #ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops #ptsdawareness

As many as 30% of service members suffer from PTSD. Some are turning to yoga to quiet their minds and heal their wounds.

To all of our women heroes, Happy International Women's Day.   Marine corporal, Gabrielle Green, carrying her male colle...
03/08/2021

To all of our women heroes, Happy International Women's Day. Marine corporal, Gabrielle Green, carrying her male colleague. Her tattoo reads, “The fire inside me burns brighter than the fire around me.”

To all of our women heroes, Happy International Women's Day. Marine corporal, Gabrielle Green, carrying her male colleague. Her tattoo reads, “The fire inside me burns brighter than the fire around me.”

#ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops Tips for mental wellness
03/07/2021

#ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops Tips for mental wellness

#ProjectWelcomeHomeTroops Tips for mental wellness

March is Brain Injury Awareness month. Not all wounds are visible. Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) includes concussio...
03/02/2021
Brain Injury Awareness Month recognized in March

March is Brain Injury Awareness month. Not all wounds are visible. Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) includes concussion, subconcussion, and most exposures to explosive blast from improvised explosive devices. mTBI is the most common traumatic brain injury affecting military personnel; however, it is the most difficult to diagnose and the least well understood. #TBI, #braininjuryawareness, #brainhealth

March is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness month.This month is recognized to bring awareness to TBI and make sure Airmen know the signs of mild to severe TBI.“A Traumatic brain injury occurs when an

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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.
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.