Mindful Veterans Connection
Notice: March 4, 2022
This group is no longer active. For the time being, we will maintain the present content of this website (mindfulvets.net) as well as our Forum http://mindfulvetsdel.freeforums.net content because it has a considerable amount of helpful information around the themes of this website.
March 4, 2022:
WHAT’S OUR BACK STORY?
From 2012 to late 2018 this site — and earlier online iterations — was the purview of a small group of veterans from the Wilmington Delaware VA Hospital. We all started as patient participants in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training, and then by follow-up support groups. From 2016 to 2018 Dr. Jenna Tedesco created and ran a VA peer teacher/facilitator curriculum, training us in MBSR and mindfulness facilitation. This group — called Vanguards of Mindful Stewardship — ended in June of 2018 when the VA forced out our beloved teacher, therapist, and mindfulness leader, Dr. Jenna Tedesco.
As of early 2022, our core group members still maintain personal relationships informally, and we still meet regularly at an MBSR graduate group (virtually during COVID) at the Wilmington VA. However, we realized we hadn’t the resources or time to continue adding fresh content to this website, or the forum, as an ongoing activity.
We still have access to many Mindfulness experts, within and outside the VA, as well as background Mindfulness research information, which we can make available upon request to: email@example.com
Below is the 2015 archive copy from original website pages:
We are Mindful Veterans Connection, www.mindfulvets.net , a small but growing group of military veterans in the USA and internationally who have found mindfulness to be extremely effective in dealing with our service-connected conditions such as PTSD, Depression, Chronic Pain, Anger Management, Agent Orange Syndrome, etc. We are trying to spread the word on the power of mindfulness to other veterans and active-duty military. For some of us, Mindfulness has been a life-saver, truly transformative. As part of our own healing, we feel a need to share this with other veterans who may feel they are out of options.
To reach more veterans in this internet and social media age we live in, we created a web forum in 2015 for our small local group in Delaware USA. As our ranks slowly grow, now we are in the process of building a global informational website and virtual community for and by Veterans (and some active duty) who use mindfulness and mindful meditation in their lives. We are just getting started and have vets from the original Delaware USA MBSR groups; also, more recently we have had registrations from other veterans and mindfulness experts around the USA as well as a few internationally (India, The Philippines). Active duty military and mindfulness professionals and researchers are equally welcome. We also have unregistered visitors visit our site regularly from around the world as well. As things unfold, we anticipate including first-responders as well, given that their occupations are also very much trauma-centered.
We are NOT a formal US government-sanctioned VA website but receive helpful support and information from various mindfulness experts within and outside the VA.
We are working in conjunction with Sam Beards’ GIFT program; to learn more visit: https://giftglobal.org/
Mindful Veterans Connection’s purpose is two-fold:
1. To provide mindfulness information resources relevant to veterans, and,
2. To grow a virtual veterans’ peer-support presence online as this site evolves.
Dana K. Lewis
SSGT USAF 1966-1976