The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs has been pushed by advocates for years to provide alternative treatments, instead of focusing narrowly on surgery and pills to resolve the health problems facing our nation’s veterans.
Cmdr. Jeff Millegan, a doctor stationed at the Navy Medical Center San Diego stated The evidence is there for a lot of the underlying science behind what meditation does in particular — what these self-care, resiliency skills do
Millegan has put about 500 Navy personnel around San Diego through a seven-session “mind-body” curriculum since mid-2013. The list includes discussion of healthy sleep, regular meditation, keeping up social connections, healthy diet and regular exercise. Jeff hopes to see a standard “mind-body” component at military hospitals, just as there are the obligatory obstetrics, primary care and surgery departments.
The Navy Hospital in Balboa Park features indoor and outdoor interactive kiosks that provide directions to hundreds of locations in the hospital to provide better patient care and help to reduce costs. Between 2000 and 2012, military health care costs increased 130 percent, after adjustment for inflation. By 2028, the Defense Department could be dedicating 11 percent of its funding to health care, up from 6 percent in 2000, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis in 2014.
Defense Centers for Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury asked the researchers from the Santa Monica office of the Rand Corporation to perform a review of research trials. The trials showed significant impact from meditation on PTSD and depression. The results were not as strong for chronic pain, which is currently treated with addictive opoid pain killers under review from the FDA.