Erik Younger, a United States Army Veteran who served in Afghanistan, began suffering symptoms of PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) after serving our country. He presented a TEDx Talk in Wilmington, DE where he candidly discussed his experience returning home and burying the memories of the trauma he’d witnessed. He talks about the emotional pain that turned to physical pain and the relief he never got. He talks about the various medications that didn’t help and told the room that at one point, he was losing the will to live if life was going to be so painful. His body continued to break down, and it was after this that he was introduced to meditation.
For the first time in a long time, he relaxed. His mind was calm, he started sleeping better, and his attitude became more positive. In researching and experiencing the beneficial effects of meditation on mental health, Erik founded Vetitation, a non-profit organization “dedicated to helping veterans find peace from PTSD by learning and practicing meditation.” Vetitation, Veterans + Meditation, offers a 3-day retreat for veterans to immerse themselves in the practice of meditation and learn to heal themselves from the memories of war.
On May 19, Vetitation will partner with the Mental Health Association in Delaware (MHA) for the first annual Meditate for a Vet Event to raise awareness of veterans struggling with PTSD. MHA is a non-profit organization that “promotes improved mental well being for all individuals and families in Delaware through education, support, and advocacy.” Meditate for a Vet will be held at Rockford Park in Wilmington and offers a large group meditation session. The registration fees will help fund programs related to mental health and veterans with PTSD.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and you’re invited to join us for this incredibly important event, Meditate for a Vet, to help veterans with PTSD to find peace in their daily lives.