A handful of long sharp needles might not make you feel calmer, but its working wonders for some Oregon veterans. I hope you have a chance to watch my "Giving Back" story Tuesday on the 5 pm newscast.
It's about a free acupuncture clinic set up to help veterans deal with the stress of returning to civilian life.
Rick De Troye is an acupuncturist who has worked with patients going through drug and alcohol treatment. When the wars started in Iraq and Afghanistan he wanted to do something to help the troops and thought his skills might be just the thing.
So he came together with a couple of other friends and set up the once a week clinic in Southeast Portland. The thing that has surprised him the most is just how many Vietnam vets still need help.
It was an honor to meet and visit with a couple of those Vietnam veterans who frequent the clinic. I wish we had done better by that group when they came home from combat. Their stories are very different but they share a common concern. They both hope the soldiers coming home today won't wait as long as they did to get help.
Rick said something that keeps playing in my head. Basically that we need to stop sending people into combat expecting them to come back the same person they were before.
If you'd like to know more about the Portland Veterans Acupuncture Project check out their website at www.portlandveteranacupuncture.homestead.com
They'd love to find a bigger place for the clinic so they can help more Veterans.
And as always... Thanks for watching.