Getting Veterans help, one person at a time
When I first started to try to get Veterans help with EFT, I was stunned to find out how hard it was to reach out and offer even a free EFT session. No matter who I talked to, The VAs and Vet Centers, VFWs and many military and non military veterans organizations, there was no interest. I was usually recognized for my willingness to help, and then people didn’t know what to doo with me and the offer.
I remember very clearly one day, when I talked to the commander of a local VFW who was very concerned for the returning troops as well as his fellow Vietnam Veterans. He mentioned that he had been through a few things himself, and the look in his eyes and the extreme sensitivity to mentioning anything war related seemed to prove that, but he immediately added:” But there are a lot of guys out there who deserve your help more than me. If I hear of someone, I will let you know right away!”
I was stunned. Here I was, offering free, confidential EFT coaching support, and it was seemingly impossible to reach out.
When I left messages at the VA, they were not returned, and the Vet Centers told me “we have something like this and we are not interested (even though they didn’t use EFT at the time).
Many practitioners report the same thing, and it has been difficult and often frustrating to reach out and help.
After realizing what was going on for a while, I decided to change my approach of offering help: I started the EFT4Vets website, which has now turned into this blog, and did whatever I could to help Veterans find EFT.
I realized that there are Vets out there who would like to receive support but just don’t know how.
Working with them one on one, some enrolled in the confidential stress project study, some not, I feel that this is one of the best way to reach out and make a difference.
This way, I have been able to connect and work with many warriors from different wars, with very different backgrounds and experiences, and learn from them at least as much as they have learned from me.
If we want to help Veterans, the best way is to be trained in military mindset and understand the specific issues that Veterans and their families are going through, and offer the service one person at a time, within the limits of legal and professional boundaries, and ever so mindful of the personal skill level.