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Portland, Maine Veterans Acupuncture Clinic
Updates from the Field!
the first collaborative grant effort undertaken as part of the Veterans
Project. Congratulations to The Veterans Acupuncture Center (VAC)
Metrowest in Framingham,
MA and Christine Lee for her great work!
An update from Susan Reed
I took the tryptych (made by the Portland, Maine Veterans
Clinic) to a Jeff Nagel seminar a couple of weekends ago,
and just set it up with the PVAC book, etc., and people looked at
By the end of the seminar, three or four practitioners from the Bangor area
said they want to start a clinic up there, and will be sending emissaries to
PVAC to learn the ropes before long.
2) At the NYC training, at the end of my PVAC presentation, you might
recall I was talking about "what's next?" and mentioned we were
thinking of getting cushions for the very uncomfortable metal folding chairs
the vets have to sit on. One of the participants came up at the end and
said he thought he could get us some cushions - and he did! 100 of them
3) A guy approached me at the Vets Day clinic to say he was from the
Purple Heart Club, which has donated to us in the past. He told me they
plan to make another donation before long, and they are offering to provide a
free venue to a team from PVAC, if we'll come to Yarmouth to open a new clinic
there, too. We are considering it, since we seem to be overstaffed all
the time, now that folks have a feel for the protocol. We'll be discussing
it next Monday to decide what to do, but a few folks were open to it, it
seemed. So, PVAC may be branching out into "satellite offices".
4) 23 participants on Vets Day. We are talking about doing another
big advertising push to get the numbers back up higher. We changed our
venue, and since then have had somewhat fewer folks coming. Not sure if
they didn't get the news of our move.
PVAC in Maine is happy to share their information sheet that they use for their clinic with anyone interested...email email@example.com and we will send them the requests.
The Next Conference Call
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Friday Dec. 12 at 12 p.m. ET
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|Diane Rehm Show
Services for Veterans Returning from War
The Diane Rehm Show
look at medical, mental health, and other needs of veterans of the Iraq and
Afghanistan wars, and the efforts to improve the delivery of services.
founder and president of "Give an Hour," a non-profit organization
which provides mental health care services to veterans and their families
affected by the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; clinical psychologist
director of policy, Veterans for America, a non-partisan organization working
to rebuild the military by ensuring the troops are given the care their
Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.), consultant to the Department of Defense.
Vets Day Events ||
|Thank you to all who held a Vets Day Event!!!
Nancy Ann Miller and Sharon Crowell - McLean, VA
Valerie Smith - Cambridge, MA
Lady Melody Clancy - St. Augustine, FL
Jordan Van Voast & Communichi - Seattle, WA
David Villanueva - Newark, CA
Maggie Tracey - Carson City, NV
Carolyn Bleakley - Santa Fe, NM
Yolanda Vasquez - New York, NY
Linda Stengel and Christie Kern - Racine, WI
Carla Lee - Albuquerque, NM
K.D. Smith - West Los Angeles, CA
Kristen Porter, Beth Sommers &
Veterans Benefit Clearing
House - Boston, MA
Won Institute - Glenside, PA
Christopher Perry - Stamford, CT
JoAnne Lehrfeld - St Petersburgh, FL
Johan Keller - Longview, WA
Miki Iborra & White Crane Healing Arts - Tamarac, FL
Ashley Herrin - Ft Lauderdale, FL
Abi Morrison - Rockland, ME
Claudia McCalla - Galveston, TX
Hello and thank you to everyone!!
"It was a great day! I treated 35 veterans and/or family members! It was so much
more than I anticipated. I could not have done it without your assistance and
support, so thank you!"
"The cakes were a wonderful treat for after acupuncture and everyone seem to
enjoy their time at the Veteran's Hall. Many tried acupuncture for the 1st
time. Donations will go to the local veterans and to Acupuncturists without
"I learned a lot and will be looking forward to scheduling another clinic. "
"Thanks, again for your support and assistance in helping to make this a
wonderful veteran's day event!"
Maggie Tracey, OMD
Carson City, NV
hear. I was at the Post that evening and they were raving about it. A job
"I would be
happy to put an enhanced version of what you have written below on our website "blog
page" if you'd like. If you want to expand it slightly to explain
the procedure and keep all the success parts in there, we'll get you some
congrats! Let me know how we can help further."
of Veterans Services
|Veterans Clinics Updates
Nice new website from the Philadelphia clinic
"The first day of the clinic, we
treated a Vietnam War Veteran. After
the treatment, I asked him about his sleeping. He told me that he had not slept
soundly for over 20 years. I
gave him some sleep tea and ask him to try it. The next morning, he called the
clinic and said that he had not slept so well in over 20 years and that he did
not even try the sleep tea. Makes all of our efforts worthwhile."
Bleakley, L.Ac., Santa Fe/Pojoaque Veterans Clinic
|Upcoming Trainings from AWB:
Healing Community Trauma
If you haven't yet attended a training and you sign up now we will send you the Field Manual, at your request, promptly upon completion of your registration.
AWB Healing Community Trauma Training: How to Provide Mobile Group Acupuncture for Traumatic Events
Los Angeles, CA December 6-7, 2008
January 17 - 18, 2009
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To reach us by phone, please call 505-266-3878.
|Instructions For Joining An AWB Conference Call
order to streamline our conference calls we would like to ask everyone
who participates to take a look at the following instructions and call
format. We hope this will help us avoid too much distraction and
overlap on the calls and allow us to make the most of the time we have
together. We try to keep the calls to one hour in length.
Before the call:
When you join the call:
- Announce yourself if you arrive on time and the Introductions have not begun.
- If you join the call after the start time please wait to announce yourself.
Intros and Updates we will periodically check to make sure everyone who
silently joins the calls gets to introduce themselves as well.
forget to mute yourself if you are hearing any background noise when
you are not talking. Press *6 to mute or use the mute button on your
1. Introductions and Updates - we will ask folks to introduce themselves one by one.
- When it is your turn, please:
- Tell us your name and location and whether this is you first call.
- Give a brief update of what is happening for you in terms of the Vets Project.
2. AWB Update - Diana Fried or the program
coordinator will give a brief update from AWB about progress and news
relevant to the Vets Project.
- At the end of your introduction, state any questions you have. (These will be answered after Intros.)
3. Discussion on the call topic.
4. Q & A - Diana Fried and AWB staff will address the questions presented during
Intros and offer time for further questions at the end.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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yourself during a pause.
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