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A Season for Hope, Creativity in Military’s New Health Focus

03 Dec

Hello, everyone.

Recent meetings on Capitol Hill and at Walter Reed have led me to feel very excited and hopeful about how our healthcare is evolving and transforming, both in the military and around the country. Stay tuned for much more about how we’re going from a disease-care system to a holistic, systemic and whole person approach, aimed at health, wellness and resilience.

Thanks to far-sighted US Senators like Hon. Barbara Mikulski and Army Surgeons General like LTG Patricia Horoho, we have vision, leadership and clear direction, right where we need it.  (Far be it from me to mention that both of these leaders happen to be women. That would be far too gender-chauvinistic of me to do that, so it will just have to remain our little secret.)

The time is right.  Our returning soldiers and vets have suffered in terrible ways that have helped to clarify our thinking. The suicide rates alone are a dramatic call to action, and hats off to Army leadership and our press and media for letting this be commonly known.  

It’s a great shame that such anguish was what it took to point out certain flaws in our thinking, but at least there will be some powerful and good outcomes out of all of the mess.  Every painful war has lead to these kinds of advances in medicine.  So let the good outcomes roll!

I’m almost skittish about saying more, because I don’t want to put the kibosh on any of it.  But good things are coming and I do believe we can all take heart.   

Take care and be well.


Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award