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 and first-responders hesitate to share the stories of their Near-Death Experiences, After-Death Communications, or other STEs 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-Responders, and Veteran personnel and their caregivers by providing confirmations of the reality of the STE experiences they wish to share. Learning that many Veterans, Military, and First-Responders have reported Near-Death Experiences, After-Death Communications, and other STEs helps all better grasp and integrate the reality of their own STE experiences, and may help dispel suicidal tendencies. We have heard many first-hand accounts 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 was launched with special Veterans/Remembrance Day Events in November 2020, and 2021, and a special First-Responders event in May 2021. See our videos page to watch the videos of these special presentations. Feel free to reach out to us if you would like to share. Learn more 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).