Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Free to Veterans
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Developed in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn
at the University of Massachusetts
medical school, this is a manualized,
evidence-based, 8-week program.
MBSR is highly participatory and
deeply engaging experiential learning.
Explore the interplay of mind and body
to mobilize inner resources for
learning, growing, and healing.
MBSR Info & Registration
Wednesday • July 17 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Library, Ada McCormick Building
1401 E. First St. (at Highland Ave.)
Friday • July 19 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
FOR WOMEN VETERANS ONLY
1195 E. Speedway
MBSR 8-Week Program
Wednesdays • July 24 – Sept. 11 • 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Saturday • Aug. 31 • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Library, Ada McCormick Building
1401 E. First St. (at Highland Ave.)
Fridays • July 26 – Sept. 13 • 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Saturday • Aug. 31 • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
FOR WOMEN VETERANS ONLY
1195 E. Speedway NEXT SESSION – SEPT. 25 – NOV. 22
SUMMER 2013 • MINDFUL VETERANS PROJECT
Drs. Teri Davis and Dana Ferris have participated in professional
training with Drs. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, and have
completed training programs at the Center for Mindfulness at
UMass Medical School. Dana is a clinical psychologist.
Teri is a naturopathic physician and founder of
Purple Mountain Institute and the Mindful Veterans Project.
Attend one of the introductory
classes, 6-8 pm, July 17 or 19.
Pick up registration packet.
Bring completed packet to Class #1.
Suggested Donation for Registration: $500 (MBSR)
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
Free to veterans thanks to donations to the Mindful Veterans Project.
Purple Mountain Institute*
120 S. Houghton Road
Suite 138 PMB 174
Tucson, AZ 85748
Teri Davis, ND • Executive Director
Words From MBSR Graduates
“. . . complete change in my understanding of how I can participate in my
own wellness. I have specific, tangible methods for coping with stress
and challenges now, which I’ve never had before . . . . It was so very helpful
to me that I would recommend it unconditionally.”
“I learned how to be more compassionate with myself.
To note a thought as just a thought, an emotion just an emotion -
I do not need to act or react to them.”
*Purple Mountain Institute is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, EID# 31-1733820.
For veterans, MBSR graduates
and community members.
No meditation experience
required. 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
1195 E. Speedway
Free to veterans
and their partners.
1401 E. 1st Street
Free to women veterans.
1195 E. Speedway *
Archive for August 3rd, 2013
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
The First Casualty of War is Truth by Col.Joe Abodeley
The War on Truth was fought savagely by pro-Communist factions misrepresenting the reasons or causes of the Vietnam War, how it was conducted, and the quality of the veterans’ service and successes.
Reasons or Causes of the War
Irrespective of the controversy of the Gulf of Tonkin incidents (North Vietnamese speed boats attacking U.S. destroyers) or the argument that the Vietnamese were engaged in their own civil war or that the South Vietnamese government was corrupt—none of these positions justified the misrepresentations about why we actually engaged in the Vietnam War. These positions were all part of the “War on Truth”.
The “truth” was and is that the U.S. went to war in Vietnam for the same reasons it went to war in Korea—to stop Communist aggression and expansion. After WW II, the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) to which the U.S. was a signatory obligated the U.S. to support the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) from Communist aggression. The truth is that the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army attacked South Vietnam, and we went to war to stop that aggression. The “war on truth” distorted the facts and was conducted by some politicians, some religious leaders, some Communist agitators (Students for a Democratic Society or SDS), anti-war protesters who did not want to serve in the war, and the media.
Television brought the horrors of war into the living rooms of the American public each evening, and large scale anti-war protests made great photos and stories for the press. Meanwhile Americans were fighting and dying in Vietnam.
The Conduct of the War
The anti-war factions presented and portrayed images with their spin to tell half-truths in support of their agendas.
Consider the Tet Offensive in 1968 when the Viet Cong (VC) and the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) conducted numerous attacks throughout South Vietnam hoping to engender a massive uprising of the populace in support of the Communist offensive. The truth is that the attacks were an abysmal failure.
The U.S. embassy in Saigon was attacked and occupied by the Viet Cong for only a matter of hours until U.S. MPs regained control, and the Marines retook the Imperial City of Hue from the NVA in a bloody battle; but the media portrayed these actions as evidence that the U.S. could not be victorious. The truth was that it was a resounding defeat for the VC and NVA.
After the battle for Hue, Walter Cronkite, the most trusted man in America contributed to the “war on truth” when he opined:
“To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, yet unsatisfactory, conclusion. On the off chance that military and political analysts are right, in the next few months we must test the enemy’s intentions, in case this is indeed his last big gasp before negotiations. But it is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only rational way out then will be to negotiate, not as victors, but as an honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy, and did the best they could.”
Even President Johnson recognized that when he lost Cronkite, he lost the American people. This was a dramatic event and a powerful statement for the “war on truth”.
There was little mention about the terrorism and atrocities the NVA committed on the people of Hue and reported only after mass graves containing thousands of bodies were discovered. The minimization of the enemy’s atrocities was part of the “war on truth”.
Remember the Vietnamese officer shooting the man in the head, the little girls running away naked from an air strike conducted on their village, and the helicopter on a building with people clamoring to board to go to safety? These images were to justify the “war on truth” which conveyed that the U.S. conducted this war in an “evil” manner or was driven out of South Vietnam. Neither of which is true.
The truth is that a Vietnamese Colonel summarily executed a Vietnam “sapper” whose job it was to go into the city and plant explosives to kill South Vietnamese people. The sapper was caught in the act. This action was in the heat of battle, but perhaps the Colonel should have convened a trial with a judge, jury, court reporter to make an appellate record; and of course, he should have appointed a defense counsel, too.
The girls running away from the village were fleeing from an air strike conducted by the South Vietnamese Air Force against enemy forces who had taken over the village and surrounding areas. Since the Vietnam War, we have become accustomed to the expression “collateral damage”, but we weren’t before we started invading Middle Eastern countries. We’ll never know if the girls would have survived the Communist forces occupation of their village, but the photo had fantastic propaganda effect for the “war on truth”.
The famous photo of the people trying to get on the helicopter showed a CIA helicopter on the embassy building at the very end of the war as the last remnants of U.S. personnel were being evacuated. Most of the people depicted were Vietnamese. U.S forces had been extracted in 1973—this event was in 1975—but the spin was to make it appear that the U.S. forces were routed and driven out of South Vietnam.
The truth about the conclusion of the Vietnam War is that the U.S. bombed North Vietnam into submission in December 1972. This brought the North Vietnamese to the peace table to sign the Paris Peace Accords in January 1973. The U.S. brought the war to a successful conclusion at that time as the war was over. U.S. POWs were returned and reparations were made to the South. The U.S. promised to resupply the South with military material it needed in case the North invaded again.
But in June 1974, President Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal, and in November 1974 there was a Democratic landslide of a Congress who was anti-Nixon and anti-Vietnam War. Congress immediately stopped funding logistical support to South Vietnam, and North Vietnamese Army tanks rolled into Saigon April 30, 1975.
The so-called “liberation” of Vietnam and Cambodia was catastrophic. An estimated 100,000 South Vietnamese were executed, as many as 250,000 more died in “reeducation camps,” and another 45-50,000 died in the “New Economic Zones”. An estimated 420,000 “boat people” died at sea fleeing the Communist tyranny in search of freedom. An estimated 1.7 million Cambodians were killed by Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge. A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TODAY, January 2004 article on the “killing fields”, noted that “bullets were too precious to use for executions. Axes, knives and bamboo sticks were far more common. As for children, their murderers simply battered them against trees.” Those are facts. But the “war on truth” has conveniently omitted the “truth”.
Vietnam Veterans Service
In WW II, two-thirds of those who served were drafted while only one-third volunteered to serve. In the Vietnam War, two-thirds volunteered while one-third were drafted. During WW II, the infantryman served about 40 days in actual combat in a year. In Vietnam, the infantryman served about 240 days in combat.
Much has been made about 58,000 plus lives lost in the Vietnam War as though the whole effort was for naught. So what did the service of the Vietnam veteran really accomplish that the war on truth has misrepresented?
The Vietnam veteran served in the armed forces in Vietnam or contiguous waters or airspace or Thailand, or Laos or Cambodia in direct support of operations in Vietnam to help the South Vietnamese people defend themselves from the invading North Vietnamese Army and to help prevent the spread of Communism throughout Southeast Asia.
The Vietnam veteran served to protect South Vietnam until the end of the war in 1973, forcing North Vietnam to sign the peace treaty, to return US POWs, and to grant concessions to South Vietnam. He served to prevent the takeover of Southeast Asia and keep the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand free of Communism.
His service helped to develop weapons, tactics, transportation, medical evacuation procedures, and communications during the war which have proven beneficial to later military service members.
As a result of the “war on truth” he returned home to an ungrateful nation, but he endured and the vast majority of Vietnam veterans became productive, patriotic Americans whose nation is proud of their service. The stereotyping of the majority of Vietnam veterans as “losers”, “baby-killers”, “drug addicts”, “nut cases”, “homeless”, etc. were all part of the “war on truth”.
It is reasonable to deduce that because of a national guilt for the maligning of Vietnam veterans, the American public over-compensated with “support our troops” when the U.S. invaded (“shock and awe”) and occupied the Iraqi people who did no harm to America. This is another instance of the “war on truth”, but that is another story.
Our mission is to counter the “war on truth” about the Vietnam War.
War on Truth: The Vietnam Saga
The Arizona Military Museum proudly presents artwork created by Arizona Vietnam War veterans commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the war’s beginning. This unique exhibit is compelling on several levels. Historically, the art offers the viewer a personal contact from veterans who experienced being part of a war. Aesthetically, the art is impactful in content and skill. The exhibit underscores the mission of the award-garnering Arizona Military Museum in presenting the military culture of our dynamic state. This art personalizes details of Vietnam military action in this Arizona treasure for history buffs and honors our nation’s largest segment of living veterans. Veteran literary art will dispel much of the untruths about the Vietnam War and extol the service of its veterans. This is a must see exhibition for all who honor those who have served!
The exhibit opens at the museum on Saturday, Oct. 19th, 1- 4pm. There is a special PUBLIC RECEPTION for all to see on Saturday Oct. 26, 1-4pm to meet the artists, discover the museum treasures, enjoy refreshments, entertainment and have a memorable experience. The exhibit will be open each weekend and end on Sunday, December 1. Vietnam related art and museum Arizona history exhibits can be experienced every Saturday and Sunday, 1-4pm. Free admission. The museum is located on the Papago Park Military Reservation. Enter just east of 52nd St. at Bushmaster Blvd. and McDowell on the north side. Please have your driver’s license ready to display as you go through the guard post heading west along the inside of the fence on your left until you arrive at the historical Spanish style fortress where you’ll discover the military history of Arizona and an insightful, interesting art exhibit.
The exhibit curators are John Fontana, Arizona Art Alliance and Jim Covarrubias, Ariztlan, Inc. The museum director is Colonel Joe Abodeely, USA (Ret). For more information on helping with this exhibit as a sponsor or to exhibit your art, contact John @ 480-945-5028, email@example.com or Jim @ 602-579-6308, firstname.lastname@example.org or Joe @ 520-868-6777 or 602-509-8762, email@example.com.
For starters, there are never absolutes in war. Never.
As for revisionist history, they always make it sound like it is one revision. There is no such thing. Revisionists are a dynamic bunch and lean toward absolutism. You can lay all this historical tomes out side by side and still not capture the creature called Vietnam. I have not read as much as the true scholars, but slopping through the jungle as a grunt is not an academic affair. I have completed maybe 12 histories of the war in the past 20 years.
Now you have the release of some new documents pointing to Richard Nixon’s secret efforts to scuttle President Lyndon Johnson’s efforts toward a peace agreement just days before the 1968 election. I suggest you conduct your own research of this rather startling discovery. It appears Richard Nixon has a bit fond of wiretapping long before Watergate.
There was much good we did Vietnam. Did it stick? Nope, never does, never has. Enter Iraq 2013.
The item of current history that you will never find in all these pre-meditated revisionist treatises, is that we are in a very fine joint venture relationship with Vietnam for the exploration of oil. Some may say that may explain why France, China, Japan and Russia had so much interest in Vietnam. Sure was not the rice! I have an article that was published in the Wall Street Journal, twenty years ago, quoting John McCain, during the MIA travails and the lifting of the Trade Embargo, where is quoted as saying, “but it is said there is oil of the shores of the South China Sea.” Bingo! Was it slip? Or did he intend to couch it in a third party expression. Whichever way, it puzzles me to this day that we get so lathered up about socialism yet good old communism makes for good business partner. At least on one side of the equation all the people are controlled.
So here is the question for the revisionists. If we assisted Vietnam in achieving its own brand of nationalism, and they start supplying us with oil, than did we do good?
> Especially if you served in country, you need to know about this. The
Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University was founded by local
veterans of the war who wanted to establish a place to store and care for
memorabilia, documents and memories of the war. A substantial amount of its
funding has come from veterans who have happily supported its purpose and
donated material to it. Throughout the years, from its founding to the
present, the Center has held conferences and symposia to discuss the latest
scholarship about the war. The conferences and symposia have been attended
not only by scholars but also by Vietnam vets interested in preserving the
history of the war and correcting false information that has arisen over the
> This year, in September, the Center is hosting another conference. This
one is part of the official year long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of
the war, which, in the words of the DoD is to “honor and pay tribute to
Vietnam Veterans and their families during the 50th Anniversary of the war.”
The conference will be held in Washington, D.C. and is sponsored by the
National Archives and the DoD 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee, so
it has the official imprimatur of the government. The theme of the
conference is 1963, a seminal year in the conflict and a crucial point in
the direction the war took. There is much disagreement among scholars as to
the significance and impact of the deposal of Ngo Diem and his later
assassination as well as Kennedy’s assassination.
> Unfortunately, the Center has recently changed Directors, and the new
Director, Dr. Steve Maxner, is taking the Center in a far left direction.
All 15 of the scholars invited to speak and serve on panels are far left
scholars who have consistently denigrated the war and its participants.
These scholars unanimously hold the view that the war was illegal, its
participants were criminals and the war had nothing to do with communism or
the domino theory.
> The foremost scholar of the so-called “revisionist” view, Dr. Mark Moyar,
had not only not been invited but is being told he can attend as a
participant but cannot speak or serve on a panel. This will be the first
time in the history of the Center that no views in opposition to the far
left interpretation of the war will be invited.
> Maxner has recently been deluged by letters of protest from Vietnam vets,
some of whom are recognized scholars on the war but has steadfastly refused
to include any revisionist scholars or even admit that the scholars that he
has invited have any bias at all. This conference, in its present makeup,
would be comparable to conducting a conference on American Black History and
only inviting white members of the KKK to “debate” the historical events.
Imagine discussing the seminal year of the Vietnam conflict with a room full
of hippies and not one single person who participated in the war or has a
different perspective on the war. The outcome is virtually guaranteed not to
“honor and pay tribute to” those of us who served.
> I may have further action items in the future. For now, there are some
things you can do:
> 1) Contact every Vietnam vet you know and point them to this exposition of
this travesty (or copy it and email it to them)
> 2) Contact Governor Perry and express your disapproval of the current
configuration of this conference
> 3) Contact your Texas Senator and Representative and voice your
> 4) Contact your Senators and Congressman regarding the conference and
express your displeasure that an event purporting to honor and respect you
will instead portray you as a war criminal and is being funded with your tax
> Please do not contact anyone at the Center or at Texas Tech. We are
already in contact with them on an academic level. The time for out and out
protest is not yet. If we cannot make changes in the conference while
working within the system, we may have to fill the conference with vets
opposing these views and turn the conference into a major news event.
> Thank you,
> James D. Thacker, PhD
> President & Chief Science Officer
> TherimuneX Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
> 3805 Old Easton Road
> Doylestown, PA 18902-8400
> Direct Dial: 215.589.6418
> DrexelMed Office: 215.991.8335
> Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
> URL: www.therimunex.com
In trying to verify this, I contacted Gary Roush at Vietnam Helicopter
Pilots Association (VHPA) and this was his reply:
This is the first I have heard of this. I used to be on Texas Tech’s
mailing list because I attended one of their annual symposiums
several years ago, but have dropped off the list for some
reason. That symposium had panelists from North Vietnam, South
Vietnam, ambassadors, a political cabinet member, military
commanders, veterans, journalists, historians, academics and students
even a Buddhist monk. I no longer remember the theme. It was very
balanced with a very wide variety of views. Other symposiums over
the years were similarly balanced in my view.
In reviewing the agenda on the Texas Tech web site, it appears nearly
all of the speakers and panelists are academics. No military
commanders, no ambassadors, no journalists, no political cabinet
members, no veterans and no foreign representation. In other words,
no one with any first hand information. That is very troubling to me.
I have known Steve Maxner for many years, but have not really worked
with him much. He was a guest speaker at the VHPA reunion in New
Orleans and did a really good job. No idea why he is taking a pure
academic approach to this subject. It seems to me to be ill advised
as this is how history gets revised by academics – by locking out
first person experience. Of course the academics will talk about
their research and maybe even interviews of some of the players, but
we will have to take their interpretation of that information and
interviews which may not match what the players would say directly.
Looks to me like Jim’s opinion below is true. It would be
interesting and helpful to have Steve Maxner’s view on this. I hope
Jim can “get it sorted out on an academic level.”
This is Texas Tech’s Vietnam Center website and below it is the Sept