Of the 2.4 million Americans deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 15 years of the ongoing wars, an estimated 720,000 have returned with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). That’s in addition to the 479,000 Vietnam veterans that the Veterans Administration has diagnosed with PTSD.
When the Vietnam war ended we did very little to rehabilitate or help the veterans returning from Vietnam. We basically abandoned and forgot them after they returned home. The result was thousands of lives ruined by alcohol and drug addiction, mental illness, suicide, and spousal abuse—to say nothing of the high emotional and medical costs borne by society as a whole. The lifetime cost of treating each veteran is estimated at $1.4 million.
We don't have to repeat the mistakes of the past with our heroes who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. This time we can help them heal and get their lives back.
The Veterans EFT Tapping Project is determined to make a difference. Through this web site, we offer returning vets free or low-cost sessions using EFT Tapping, a method which many therapists and coaches are using to help veterans relieve their post traumatic effects.
EFT can be very helpful for relieving the emotional charge of distressing images that keep playing over and over in the head, restless nights and trouble sleeping, feeling isolated, unsafe and jumpy, getting triggered by other people or situations, feeling rage, grief or guilt because they survived, stress with integrating back into everyday life, family stresses, physical discomforts, distressing emotions and many other post traumatic effects.
The sessions are private and confidential so, for the vets who haven't sought help for fear of damage to their military or civilian career, this is a safe way to get them help. The Veterans EFT Tapping Project is NOT affiliated with any religious or government institution or organization.
We want to help our vets get their life back. For everything they've done and sacrificed for us it's the very least we can do in return.
What is EFT Tapping?
EFT (also known as “tapping”) addresses energy imbalances in the body. In simplistic terms EFT is a technique that involves tapping on specific acupressure meridian points while focusing your thoughts on a negative emotion, physical sensation, issue or event. The tapping on specific acupressure points sends electrochemical impulses to the limbic and cortical regions of the brain that control stress or fear and disrupts the conditioned emotional response to the stress or fear.
William James, one of the American founders of psychology discovered that it is impossible to have an emotion without a corresponding physical reaction. He found that the body responds physically to any exciting event whether positive or negative and our perception of those physiological changes is emotion. EFT addresses this mind body connection to help relieve emotional stress.
Exciting research in neuroscience has begun to postulate that memory, even long term memory, is not static. The work of Karim Nader (2009) shows that memory, once recalled, must actually reform or “reconsolidate”. This means that every time we access a memory it is rewritten. His research focuses on interrupting the reconsolidation in the memory. This supports the idea that EFT works to break the connection between the cognition of a memory and any emotion associated with it.
Exposure therapy has been the subject of much research, which has shown that prolonged exposure to a problem, when coupled with techniques to calm the body, effectively treats traumatic stress. EFT incorporates the exposure element (the focusing of your thoughts on a negative emotion, physical sensation, issue or event) coupled with the tapping, which is the calming aspect (sends the electrochemical impulses to the limbic and cortical regions of the brain that control stress or fear and neutralizes them with endorphins such as serotonin that relax and calm the body).
EFT tapping has been shown through scientific research to effectively break the neural links in the brain associating the distressing emotion, physical sensation, issue or event with trauma.
It’s a safe and gentle technique that is easy to do, has no harmful side effects, works without re-traumatizing the client and is so easy to learn even little children can do it. It has been amazingly effective for reducing post traumatic effects in a short amount of time.
Below is a video showing veterans receiving EFT tapping sessions and talking about how EFT has helped them. It’s a great video to watch so you can have a general idea of what an EFT session would entail.