Will Vietnam Vets Die Before They Get Help?

Vietnam Veteran

Over 2 million veterans still cannot get the help that they need. There are many Vietnam veterans who are very ill and continue to be denied the help they need in order to live due to lack of money. However, veterans advocates question why the government has money to help other people in need but not veterans. These brave men and women are physically unable to work because they are ill and unable to provide for themselves or their families. There are two bills, HR-969 and S. 681 that would help veterans obtain the medical assistance that they need. Surprisingly, they are having a hard time obtaining support from elected officials. Vietnam Veterans’ advocate, John J. Bury explains why.

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The NLP View: Dr. Richard M. Gray Discusses PTSD

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects thousands of state and local police officers, armed service men and women and civilians of every description. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening event. PTSD can stem from military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. The majority of people who experience or witness a life threatening event will return to normal given a little time. However, some people will have stress reactions that do not go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. PTSD is complicated by the fact that people with PTSD often may develop additional disorders such as depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other problems of physical and mental health.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a process by which language is used to reframe, reroute and redesign our memories, understanding and feelings about experience. Based upon strategies for modeling human excellence NLP is a program designed to use language to interrupt and recreate neural pathways in the brain to optimize human functioning. When something reminds us of trauma the brain immediately searches inside itself for associations and then represents back to you what it finds in the way of mental pictures and emotions.

NLP is used to identify the structure of the problem as well as the process that the client must practice in order to maintain the problem. Due to the fact that the issues reside in the client’s mind, it is difficult for the client to escape the issues. For example, if a veteran is experiencing a flashback from an event, including nightmares, s/he is reliving the traumatic event, even though it is a past memory. By utilizing the NLP techniques, the client is able to neutralize the trauma without having to re-experience it.

Tune in to this segment of The NLP View Radio Show, as host, Donna Blinston is joined by expert, Dr. Richard Gray to discuss his research on NLP as it pertains to PTSD, on November 10, 2012 at 7pm EDT/4pmPST!

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