The B.R.E.A.T.H. Center is committed to supporting the military and veteran administration leadership efforts to “heal our troops” by assisting those who serve/served our nations and their families and by providing no-cost access to services through a community-based program that aligns to a new DoD/VA vision of healing as stated by Admiral Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, his successor General Dempsey, Secretary of Veterans Administration, General (ret) Shinseki and the Surgeon Generals of the Air-Force, Army and Navy.
Military and Veterans Leadership Quotes:
“Regardless of one’s beliefs in a mind-body duality, a growing body of scientific evidence links the general health of the body with the state of one’s perceptions of well-being. Scientists have also gathered ample evidence that one’s attitudes towards wellness influence how one maintains one’s physical and mental health. It is also true that what we put into our bodies has as much importance as how we prepare our minds and bodies. I have charged Military Medicine scientists to think hard, to apply science, and to help the military top leadership to understand how we can make sure that warriors and their families can lead their lives to the fullest. I have challenged the scientists to think holistically and to provide 21st century definitions of fitness, health and resilience…Help me help our troops and their families. Give us the tools to know when to intervene. Keep your minds open to creative new concepts and possibilities.” Admiral Mullen, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff – Editorial Military Medicine Journal, August 2010
“Let me touch on an un-discussable. It concerns prescribed medications—specifically, those powerful drugs which are used to treat depression and pain. Are we courageous enough to ask ourselves whether we overmedicate those who struggle with physical or psychological pain? Are we courageous enough to investigate whether solving problems in the short term with medication contributes to longer-term problems —and perhaps to that downward spiral which, for some, results in homelessness or even more serious consequences? If substance abuse is one of the common issues of homelessness—and it is—do we contribute, in some way, to the problem with our medication practices? This is a question VA and DoD should continue addressing together. I am not a clinician, so I ask this question without taking a side. However we come down to this, it will take courage, and DoD-VA collaboration and community outreach will be crucial.” VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, Surgeon Generals of the Armed Forces and Federal Agencies Meeting-AMSUS, 7 November 2011