Given that of the 300.000 returning troops that have or are expected to develop PTSD (Rand Study), only 50% reach out to the VA, and only 25% receive at least minimally adequate help, it seems clear that we need to think outside of the box when it comes to offering help and support that is acceptable for soldiers and their families.
According to the RAND Study, 39% of the returning troops feel that their immediate family and friends are more helpful than a mental health professional. Why are these numbers, these facts ignored?
If we truly want to help our Veterans heal, we have to support those who have contact, who support them right now.
Families and friends can talk to a veteran in a very different, caring and compassionate way, much better than a mental health professional who has a very limited amount of time to adjust the drug cocktail that someone might receive. It is the time and caring that many Veterans need.
Due to its simplicity and effectiveness, EFT is the perfect tool to help Veterans and their families cope with the stress of deployment. It is so easy to learn that even children can offer to tap with their mom or dad, and can remind them to do EFT when they get upset.
However, when we don’t have an open door to share with the soldiers and their families about this technique and how to apply it, as well as the resources that are available to them to get started, there is not much we can do to help.