The Military Stress Recovery Project
The Military Stress Recovery Project (MSRP) provides free acupuncture treatments for veterans, active military personnel, reservists and their families. This work is part of AWB’s Community Service Clinic Program which serves all types of communities affected by traumatic events.
Acupuncturist Soraya Applegate providing ear acupuncture and acu-tonic treatments to Marines in Hawaii, 2016. Photo credit: Katie Fisher
AWB created the MSRP program during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan because so many soldiers and veterans were suffering the effects of trauma without effective treatment within the military medical system. Pharmacological treatments for post-traumatic stress (PTS) have been shown to be relatively ineffective and can create chemical dependence with devastating side effects, including increased suicide rates. AWB has pioneered the use of acupuncture as a safe, effective, non-pharmacological therapy for returning soldiers that fills this trauma treatment gap.
Currently, the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Affairs Administration are supporting research on the efficacy of acupuncture for treatment of combat-related pain and trauma. Increasingly, acupuncture is being integrated into health services provided on military bases and in VA hospitals. AWB’s work over the past decade has helped make this happen.
The potential of this program is enormous. History has shown that the long-term impact of war takes a tremendous toll for decades. By providing free acupuncture to veterans who have recently returned from war, we can play a part in preventing history from repeating itself. By offering treatment for veterans from previous wars and conflicts, we take part in helping mend the psychological wounds of the past.
The beauty of acupuncture is that it is a simple, low-cost modality offering immediate, effective, easily accessible support for large numbers of people. It can also work harmoniously with other more conventional treatment modalities such as counseling and medication.
If you are interested in getting involved with the Military Stress Recovery Project please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505.266.3878. We look forward to hearing from you!
For information on how this model is now being used in community service clinics that treat other populations, please see AWB’s Community Service Clinic Program.
Also Available: The AWB Community Service Clinic Manual
This is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to setting up Community Service Clinics for veterans, active military, their families, and other populations affected by trauma. It was created based on AWB’s experience in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and is full of useful documents, consent forms, safety protocols, press release templates, posters and more. The Manual is a “working document” which can be revised as we all learn and grow with the Military Stress Recovery Project and AWB’s other Community Service Clinics. So please keep us updated on your learning and progress!
– Free PDF file to AWB Training attendees and paid registrants
– $75.00 for non-trainees.
To purchase the Community Service Clinic Manual, please call our office, 505-266-3878.
Military Stress Recovery Clinics
All of the clinics listed below are independent entities run by local acupuncture volunteers, and have no legal affiliation with AWB. We collaborate as part of AWB’s national Military Stress Recovery Project. AWB makes no guarantees about the services provided, and is not legally responsible for those services.