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“I served two tours of combat in Vietnam. I’m 100% disabled because of PTSD. When I first started coming to the AWB clinic in Albuquerque, I had spent years suffering from high anxiety. I believe that because of the acupuncture I have become calmer and my anxiety has drastically come down. I don’t want the new vets to suffer for years like I did. Acupuncture is helping me get my life back.”    ~ Raul Rojas

“Veterans are the light at the tip of the candle, illuminating the way for the whole nation. If veterans can achieve awareness, transformation, understanding, and peace, they can share with the rest of society the realities of war. And they can teach us how to make peace with ourselves, and each other, so we never have to use violence to resolve conflicts again” —Thich Nhat Hanh

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All of the clinics listed below are independent entities run by local acupuncture volunteers, and have no legal affiliation with AWB. We support each other as part of AWB's national Military Stress Recovery Project. AWB makes no guarantees as to the services provided.

Clinics are currently operating in:

Albuquerque, NM

Annapolis, MD

Asheville, NC

Atlanta, GA

Boston, MA

Charlottesville, VA

Chicago, IL

Columbus, GA

District of Columbia

Eugene, OR

Eureka, CA

Fish Creek, WI

Framingham, MA

Grants Pass, OR

Hailey, ID

Herndon, VA

Hershey, PA

Ithaca, NY

Kenosha, WI

Killeen, TX

Lakewood, CO

Lino Lakes, MN

Louisville, CO

Madison, WI

Melville, NY

Miami, FL

Nashville, TN

Norman, OK

Orangevale, CA

Orlando, FL

Philadelphia, PA

Portland, ME

Portland, OR

Pojoaque (Santa Fe area), NM

San Francisco, CA

Seattle, WA

Silver Spring, MD

St. Petersburg, FL

Times Square, New York, NY

Click on the clinic of your choice for date, time and location information

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Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) provided hurricane relief services to approximately 8000 people in the New Orleans area starting in October 2005. The free community acupuncture brought hope, promise, and peace of mind to the people of New Orleans. With the experience and expertise of bringing community style acupuncture to the people of Louisiana, AWB is now bringing this service to veterans and their families. The Military Stress Recovery Project provides free acupuncture treatments for veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, but also welcomes veterans from all other past conflicts or wars as well as the veterans’ family members.

The Military Stress Recovery Project began in 2006 with a pilot clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Other locally run clinics are now operating nationwide in locations such as the Boston area (several clinics), Chicago, Fort Myers, FL and Seattle, WA among others. There are currently twenty three clinics in operation and many others are in the process of opening.

As in Louisiana, treatments are based on the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) ear protocol, which has proven to be extremely powerful in alleviating symptoms of stress and trauma. During treatment, people sit fully clothed in a circle of chairs, and the licensed acupuncturist places 5 tiny needles on each ear. The recipients are invited to close their eyes and rest for 30-45 minutes, as the acupuncture does its work.

Veterans at these clinics are experiencing benefits such as a full night’s sleep for the first time in years and fewer bad dreams. They are reporting improved mental clarity, less anxiety and a reduction in stress. Acupuncture is currently being investigated by the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. as a viable treatment modality for PTSD in returning veterans and the military has started using acupuncture in the battlefield to help with pain.

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 treatments to veterans currently returning from war, we can play a part in preventing history from repeating itself, and by providing treatments to veterans from past wars and conflicts, we can 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, and easily accessible treatment for large numbers of people. Acupuncture is a tool that can 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 veterans@acuwithoutborders.org or call 505.266.3878 . We look forward to hearing from you!

Now Available: The AWB Military Stress Recovery (Veterans) Project Field Manual

This is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to setting up a Community Style Acupuncture Military Stress Recovery Clinic. Born of AWB's experience in the field in New Orleans and full of useful documents, consent forms, safety protocols, press release templates, posters and more. The Manual will be a "Working Document" which will allow us to update it with addenda as we all learn and grow with the Military Stress Recovery Project, so keep us updated on your challenges and your progress!

Cost: - Free PDF file to AWB Training attendees and paid registrants. request

         - $75.00 for non-trainees  

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