“Did you know Florida has earned a reputation as the most veteran-friendly state in the nation? With more than 1.5 million veterans living here, the Sunshine State has the third largest population of veterans in the country. Moreover, Tampa Bay has turned into a major destination for vets with the prominence of MacDill Air Force Base and the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital (VA).
The Tampa YMCA is committed to bettering the lives of local veterans. In addition to working directly with the VA to provide programming and services to veterans, the Y also partners with Veterans Alternative, a non-profit providing alternative treatment options for veterans.
Veterans Alternative provides wellness programs for combat veterans and their spouses – at no cost to them. Among the alternative therapy options is Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). ART helps reprogram the way veterans store traumatic memories, changing how they react to those memories. “These are the therapies that really did save my life coming home,” says Veterans Alternative founder and Former Green Beret Brian Anderson. “We save a lot of warriors’ lives. We had about 400 warriors go through the week-long program in three years. And we’ve proven it as a valuable program that should be replicated and multiplied in other areas.”
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