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Government Turns to Alternative Therapies to Help Vets

Posted: September 3, 2008

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"There is a big problem with people coming back from war. They are able to survive physical wounds through body armor, but they are blowing up their brains," Scarborough said.

In Connecticut, yoga therapy isn't offered at the VA hospital in West Haven or clinic in Newington, but veterans can take classes outside the VA network at their own expense, said Pamela Redmond, a VA spokesperson.

Many yoga studios, understanding that PTSD is chronic, are offering free yoga classes to veterans. Recently, the New York Sports Clubs in Queens organized a free weekly veterans yoga class to complement the services provided by a nearby veteran center.

Three years ago, the Central Mass Yoga Institute in West Boylston, Mass., invited veterans who were receiving counseling at the Worcester Veteran Center to a free yoga tryout.

Today, more than a dozen combat-weary veterans stretch their way to serenity every Tuesday and Thursday morning in a carpeted room with a large sign that reads: "Beyond Body, Breath & Mind Lies Silence."