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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-09-06 12:39 PM
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Soldier's Heart
Edited on Sun Jul-09-06 12:40 PM by Dover
http://www.mentorthesoul.com/soldiersheart.htm

Soldiers Heart, a project of International Humanities Center, is dedicated to our veterans successful return. Soldiers Heart founder, Dr. Ed Tick is the author of War and the Soul.
Soldiers Heart promotes and guides community-based efforts to heal the effects of war on those who served, their families and communities.


The term Soldiers Heart was coined in the time of the Civil War to describe Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Soldiers Heart was created in response to the outpouring of concern for our nations veterans and their psychological wounds. Our goal is to prepare families and communities in supporting and healing veterans returning from the Iraq War and also continuing support for all other vets. Specifically, our veterans project focuses on creating a network of community based services to facilitate a healthier and more successful reintegration of our nations veterans. Ed Tick, author of War and the Soul, will be leading healing retreats and intensives for recent returnees. Our staff will be available to help educate communities on how to start support services for vets and their families. Also, Ed will be conducting seminars for training other professionals in the special and unique needs of veterans.


The New England Journal of Medicine reports that 16 percent (one in eight) of returning Iraq veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Such vets typically cant hold jobs. They are incapable of intimacy, creative work, and self-realization. Some cant leave the house because they are afraid they will kill or be killed.

The key to healing, says psychotherapist Ed Tick, is in how we understand PTSD. In wars overwhelming violence the true self flees and can become lost for life. He redefines PTSD as an identity disorder with radical implications for therapy. First, Tick establishes the traditional context of war in mythology and religion. Then he describes PTSD as an identity issue and a soul wound. Finally, he presents ways to nurture a positive identity based in compassion and forgiveness.

War and the Soul will change the way we think about war, for veterans and for all those who love and want to help them. It shows how to make the wounded soul whole again. When this work is achieved, PTSD vanishes and the veteran can truly return home

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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-09-06 12:46 PM
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1. Thanks for the info.
:kick: and Recommended!
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-09-06 12:46 PM
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2. I think what he says is true
My great great grandfather returned from the Civil War physically ravaged and unable from that time forward to hold a job or maintain a business. Before the War he was a prosperous merchant in south suburban Chicago. His household included servants, and his worth, according to the census of 1860, was several thousand dollars. He was reduced to farming (an occupation he'd never undertaken) and basically being looked after by his wife's family. He was denied a pension and died in 1870 of typhoid fever. I had at least one great great great uncle, also a Union veteran, who committed suicide, and another that was confined to a mental institution after the war.
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Monkeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-09-06 12:53 PM
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3. PTSD HIDES BUT NEVER GOES AWAY
We have veterans who had PTSD under control but now Iraq has awaken the monster
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