This is accomplished using jobs and life skills training, nutritional counseling, plus research-based modalities for addressing stress reduction and issues of PTS (Post Traumatic Stress). We do not call this PTSD because much research confirms that it is not a disorder but is the brain/body response to intense and/or continued stress, trauma, and dangerous situations.
The suicide rate among U. S. military personnel continues to rise, alarmingly, across all branches of government service, the second leading cause of death in all branches. Since Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the rate of military personnel taking their own lives has more than doubled in recent years. According to the Department of Defense, it passed the general population rate even though trends for a lower suicide rate among military personnel has, previously, been the norm. Additionally, suicide is the leading cause of death for first responders as of 2019.
The effects of suicide can be devastating to family and friends, as well as communities. PTS is the body’s ‘wiring’ of the human brain to react in dangerous and traumatic situations for protection of the organism and assurance of its survival. When returning home (vets) or when leaving work on the street (first responders), especially after multiple deployments or years on the job, the brain’s wiring can result in a hyper-overreaction to situations in the home environment as well…hyper-vigilance with all body alerts responding.
This is not abnormal in a war zone, or on some of our streets at home for first responders. When accompanied by full blown PTS symptoms, with body functions kicking in the fight or flight reaction… flashbacks, panic attacks and nightmares, anger…it can interfere with daily functioning at home, however. This hyper alertness that worked so well under former conditions is no longer helpful. The professionals and volunteers at Valkyrie can help…warriors helping warriors…first responders helping first responders. Just as our mind/bodies are wired for these reactions during danger and trauma, it is possible to re-wire the brain and tone reactions down, without changing who the warrior is, resulting in reintegration within the home environment.
While not an attempt to change the warrior mindset, the goal is to teach management of vigilance so they are not in a constant state of adrenaline exhaustion. Besides therapeutic modalities for managing stress, Valkyrie will offer job skills, training and recreation programs taught by rotating veterans, contractors, and those who have been through Valkyrie programs and want to give back. For protection of those involved, and to ensure that the participant attends of his/her own choosing, all will be vetted for authenticity of status before acceptance into programs.
At The Valkyrie Initiative, cutting-edge, research-based modalities for the optimization of your performance and wellness, is provided to those we serve. And, nutritional counseling will be available as well as information from our association with Dr. Daniel Amen’s Clinic for improved function of the brain/gut connection. When you feed the brain the nutrients it needs and give the mind cutting edge techniques for quieting the noise and memories stored incorrectly as a result of trauma, then healing results. Come join us as we work toward this healing with a unique oxygen delivery system which works to deliver healing oxygen via a system which mimics the way the body expands its cardiovascular and respiratory systems during climbs of great heights. Our newest research-based modality is the BEMER, the only micro-cirulation stimulator which has a patented signal, delivered through a PEMF device, that increases blood flow. It is so unique, the company has an association with NASA, working to place this patented signal technology into future space suits.
Our mission is to strengthen and empower veterans, first responders and their families by providing education, information, and programs that build on existing knowledge and skills and the acquisition of new knowledge and skills for increasing wellness and performance, all from a mind/body/spirit perspective, while facilitating connections with the business community, the public, and other nonprofits.