How can offering free vacations help veterans heal from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
First, it’s important to understand that PTSD is not just a psychological disorder. Dr. Edward Tick in his book War and the Soul describes PTSD as “primarily a moral, spiritual, and aesthetic disorder - in effect, not a psychological but a soul disorder.” (page 108)
That being said, no amount of medication can fully heal a person suffering from PTSD. The soul requires more than drugs.
Tick offers a healing solution that embraces traditional societies’ concepts of warriors and the spiritual rituals performed for facilitating the warrior’s journey home from war. The four essential steps are (page 199):
1. Purification and Cleansing
3. Restitution in the Family and Nation
4. Initiation as a Warrior
Our mindful travel company comes into play in the second step of Storytelling and partially in the third step by offering a way for the veteran to reconnect with his or her family through travel.
We aim to tell the veteran’s story through the lens of travel helping to bridge the information gap between military and civilian populations’ understanding of the effects of war.
Doing this through a series centered around travel provides a unique way to address a difficult subject matter while also being uplifting and harnessing the joy that travelling creates.
Vacations also give the family a chance to reconnect away from the demands of work, school, domestic chores, and social obligations. The family suffers in a different way when the veteran comes home and is struggling with PTSD; they deserve time away to unplug and heal as well.
Our goal is to assist in the healing process any way we can. We work closely with organizations that work directly with veterans suffering from PTSD. These organizations have the requisite knowledge and skill to recommend to us families who can benefit from our vacations and retreats.
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Source: Edward Tick, Ph.D, War and the Soul, (Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, Theosophical Publishing House, 2005)