This week’s show is the second half of my conversation with Navy veteran Meosha Thomas. We talk about the injuries she suffered in Iraq when her convoy hit an IED, and about how she lost and regained her desire to live in the long recovery period that followed. We also talk more about the concept of moral injury, and how she wrestles with guilt over the choices she had to make as a soldier, and for surviving when others did not.
Over the next two weeks we will conclude our series on PTSD among women veterans by talking with Navy veteran Meosha Thomas. This week, Meosha talks about the trauma of a helicopter crash that killed a close friend, and the PTSD symptoms that followed after she returned home. She also describes the impossible choices you must make when you are both a mother and a soldier.
This week’s show is the second half of my conversation with Ruth Moore, a survivor of Military Sexual Trauma, and the namesake of the Ruth Moore Act, a piece of pending legislation which would remove some of the current barriers to treatment and justice for survivors of MST. This part of the interview covers Ruth’s path to personal healing after returning from overseas duty, and her choice to share her story publicly and before congress in the hope of bringing change.
This week we begin a new series on PTSD among women veterans. My guest is Ruth Moore, who tells the story of being sexually assaulted by her commanding officer in the Navy. She describes a chilling scenario in which she is ostracized and punished for seeking help, and feels she can trust no one on the remote overseas base where she is stationed. Eventually she finds a way to escape, but as she explains, there are thousands of other young soldiers who are not as fortunate.
An interview with yoga teacher, researcher and author, Richard Miller about his adaptation of yoga nidra for use with returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan. Richard describes studies done by the department of defense showing that yoga nidra can be effective at reducing the symptoms of PTSD, allowing vets to sleep through the night, to feel safe inside themselves, and to gain a sense of mastery over outbursts of anger and rage. He describes how yoga nidra works to create a state of consciousness where we become aware of our sensations, thoughts, feelings and breath with acceptance and openness. He works with pairs of opposite feelings to help participants gain a sense of being more than their feelings and sensations. As an example he works with feelings of shame, helplessness and collapse, that many veterans feel, at being unable to prevent the death of a friend, and works with its opposite, the feeling of potency and vitality that allow the shame to begin to dissipate. We end with a brief taste of yoga nidra. You can find out more at www.irest.us