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H.E.A.R.T. DVD Helps Combat Veterans

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Image courtesy of Institute of HeartMath
Image courtesy of Institute of HeartMath
Combat veterans have another valuable resource that they can turn to for help with combat stress, PTSD, depression, anger management and other issues related to post-deployment reintegration.

Through the "It's Our Turn to Serve" campaign the Institute of HeartMath has created a free DVD that's designed to educate current and former servicemembers about ways to cope with challenging situations while also building resiliency.

"For many military servicemembers it can be difficult for them to truly feel at home in their heart, even if they're in an environment of supportive friends and family. A large number of servicemembers and veterans experience PTSD, depression and other related challenges—these conditions can take a toll on military families and their communities too," HeartMath Director of Research Rollin McCRaty, Ph.D. said in a press release.

About the H.E.A.R.T. DVD
H.E.A.R.T. which is the acronym for HeartMath Education and Resilience Training is available through a free DVD which is taught by Retired Army Major Robert A. Bradley and Dr. Rollin McCraty. The DVD lasts approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes and features five chapters:

Chapter 1: Program Introduction
Chapter 2: Science of the Heart
Chapter 3: HeartMath Techniques
Chapter 4: emWave Functions
Chapter 5: Resources

Within these five chapters, Major Bradley and Dr. McCraty address viewers in a personable, often humorous manner. So what can you expect from the DVD?

For starters, you'll be taught about heart-brain communication as it relates to your emotions; the importance of Heart-Focused breathing and how this technique can effectively help you cope with not only stressful situations but life in general. You'll also learn about the emWave 2 handheld device that's designed to help you reenergize and refocus.

At the end of the DVD you'll find a comprehensive resource section which includes pamphlets, Webinars and the De-Stress Workshops for veterans and military families.

Requesting a DVD
The free H.E.A.R.T. DVDs are sponsored by the HeartMath Military Service Appreciation Fund. To request a DVD please fill out this form at HeartMath.org.

About the Military Service Appreciation Fund
The Military Service Appreciation Fund is devoted to providing veterans and military families with programs, tools and numerous other resources designed to meet the mental, emotional and physical needs of returning combat veterans as well as those who are preparing for deployment.

"There is a lot of support to help our troops, but there is still a growing need for more research-based solutions that can help with the unique challenges military men and women face," Retired Army Maj. Bob Bradley said in a press release.

You can learn more about the Military Service Appreciation Fund—and all that it does to help servicemembers and military families—here.

If you'd like additional information about how you can help the MSAF, donation information is located at www.heartmath.org/msaf.

About Bob Bradley
Retired Army Maj. Robert A. Bradley served in the Armed Forces from 1977 to 2003, including 10 years as an enlisted member of the Air Force and 15 years as an Army officer. His service includes both active duty and Reserve time, and he was given assignments within and outside the United States.

In 2007, Bradley became interested in working in and supporting the veteran's community, and this led him to join the Institute of HeartMath as a military and veterans training specialist. He is certified in various HeartMath training programs and has undertaken research and graduate studies in resilience and coherence.

About Dr. Rollin McCraty
Dr. Rollin McCraty has worked with the Institute of HeartMath since its inception in 1991. Working with the Institute’s founder Doc Childre, Dr. McCraty developed the organization's research goals and created the Institute’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. McCraty is a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress, holds memberships with the International Neurocardiology Network, American Autonomic Society, Pavlovian Society and Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and he is an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. McCraty and his research team regularly participate in collaborative studies with other U.S. and international scientific, medical and educational institutions; they have worked in partnership with research groups at Stanford University, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Miami Heart Research Institute, among many others.

Dr. McCraty has authored dozens of research studies, many of which have been published in peer reviewed journals including the American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Stress Medicine, Biological Psychology and Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science. In 2010, Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine, a respected peer review journal, dedicated an entire issue to the topic of coherence. Dr. McCraty wrote the lead paper for this issue. Many of the other research studies represented in this issue examined the implications of HeartMath techniques and technology in a variety of settings and applications.

More About the Institute of HeartMath
The Institute of HeartMath is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit research and education organization. IHM has been conducting scientific research on stress, the physiology of emotions and the science of the heart for two decades. IHM, a world leader in stress reduction and emotion-management research was founded in 1991 by Doc Childre. Through its research and education divisions, the Institute of HeartMath has developed practical tools, education programs and services—collectively known as the HeartMath System—for the mental, emotional and physical benefit of children through seniors without regard to their social, economic or cultural status.

Contact Information
Institute of HeartMath
14700 West Park Avenue
Boulder Creek, California 95006
Phone: 1-831-338-8500
Fax: 1-831-338-8504
Web site: HeartMath.org

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