This past weekend I attended a training led by a group called Acupuncturists Without Borders. During this training I learned about Acupuncturists Without Borders efforts in New Orleans after Hurricaine Katrina.
This group of selfless acupuncturists volunteered their time and efforts (closing their private practices for up to two weeks at a time) and went to New Orleans to help those who suffered from shock & trauma. It did not make a difference if the sufferers were the residents of New Orleans or rescue workers. These acupuncturists just went to help.
As part of my training I was taught how to work in a rescue effort giving care to those who would need help dealing with shock & trauma. We learned how to set up mobile clinics, work in teams, and how to take care of ourselves in those situations.
Acupuncturists Without Borders is now embarking on a effort called The Veterans Project. This effort is one in which local acupuncturists will form groups and offer treatment free of charge, to veterans (and their families) who have fought in America’s wars. It would be a way for the acupuncture community to give back to those who gave so much to us.
I was inspired by this group and will be joining them. A group of us who attended this training and who practice acupuncture in the Silver Spring area will be joining together to offer these treatments to our veterans.
Acupuncturists Without Borders is a great organization with a noble mission. I am proud to join them in helping to prepare to respond to any disaster that might G-d forbid occur as well as giving back to those who have served and protected us, and continue to do so.