Veterans, Military and First-Responders Corner
Many active military and first responders have STEs
There are numerous accounts of Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) shared by veterans on YouTube videos and in print. Many veterans have also shared their NDE stories in other media such as radio broadcasts, or talks to public groups. Recent studies have also shown that many active military have experienced After-Death Communications with fallen comrades on the battlefield. It is enlightening to know that today’s societies are allowing disclosures of these Spiritually Transformative Experiences
Concerns about disclosing STEs
Active duty military service members hesitate to share the stories of their Near-Death Experiences or After-Death Communications, in fear of being labeled as having a hallucination, mental illness, or some other condition which will interfere with promotion opportunities. Likewise, many veterans and retired first-responders wait years to disclose their STE experiences, for fear of losing their benefits.
SAI plans outreach
SAI hopes to support all military, first responder, and veteran personnel and their caregivers by providing confirmations of the reality of the STE experiences they wish to share. More so, we plan to develop a training program, to introduce Experiencers to materials which guide them to better grasp and integrate the reality of these STE experiences, and may help dispel any suicidal tendencies. Our current facilitator, retired army Major Linda Truax, can give a first-hand account of how learning of the reality of STEs can be an effective measure to help suicide prevention.
The SAI Veterans, Military, and First Responders Program is still in development but feel free to reach out to us if you have a need to share now. Also, if so inclined please feel free to start you own self-awareness and self-improvement program by reviewing some of the books and videos listed below, on NDEs and other STEs in veterans and active military.
Suggested Further Readings and Videos
Botkin, Allan. Forward by Raymond A. Moody. Induced After Death Communication: A Miraculous Therapy for Grief and Loss. Hampton Roads Publishing, 2005, 2014. Based on Botkin’s experience counselling Vietnam War veterans.
Price, John. Revealing Heaven: The Eyewitness Accounts That Changed How a Pastor Thinks About the Afterlife. Harper One, 2013. John W. Price is a COL TX NG (Retired) Military Chaplain.
Vandenbush, Bill. If Morning Never Comes: A Near-Death Experience in Vietnam. Old Hundred and One Press, 2016.
Video: Bill Vandenbush, Vietnam Veteran describes his NDE after an ambush – https://youtu.be/SIvWC6pQdB4
Sabom, Michael. Recollections of Death: A Medical Investigation. Pocket Books, 1981, 1983. A cardiologist investigates reports of extraordinary experiences while working at a US Veterans Health Administration Hospital (VA Hospital).