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.  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.  We are launching the program with a special Veterans/Remembrance Day Event on November 11, 2020. (See our upcoming events page for more details.) Feel free to reach out to us if you have a need to share, and 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.

Linda Truax on horse beside three service men
Our program facilitator, retired army Major Linda Truax
Two veterans looking at memorial wall
Reflections of a WWII Veteran, at US Air force Memorial, Washington DC - Photo by Robert Bare
Veteran looking at memorial
95 year-old Veteran Reminisces - Photo by Robert Bare

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  

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).