A Veteran's Acupuncture Treatment

My name is Fred Gutierrez. I was a Petty Officer aboard a submarine in the Pacific Fleet during the Vietnam War through 1978. I was also the ship’s top hand machinist and ship’s diver. Traumatic events happened to me when I was very young and I developed PTSD. While in the military, I also encountered other traumatic events that made my PTSD difficult to cope with and often debilitating.

Recently, I began acupuncture treatments at Summerville Community Acupuncture with Mary Margaret Dobson. Our goal was to treat my chronic pain and partial paralysis, but I also found out that acupuncture can be used to treat PTSD. The treatment for PTSD was developed by the Surgeon General’s Office to treat soldiers in the field suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s).

The results that I have had from these weekly PTSD treatments have been amazing. For well over 50 years, I suffered from flashbacks and anxiety related to my PTSD. With the PTSD treatment, a good visual was that the acupuncture needles became spiritual antenna. With prayer and belief, I was able to lay the nightmares and anxiety at God’s feet in the form of a sacrificial offering.

In recent months, I have had fewer nightmares and fewer anxiety attacks. When an anxiety attack occurs, the duration of them has been shorter and I have been able to put them behind me faster. Acupuncture has improved the quality of my life considerably. I highly recommend acupuncture to all of my fellow veterans suffering from PTSD and other pain issues.

Acupuncture Recommended!

Angela Moseley

Angela Moseley

Born and raised in South Carolina, one gets used to the pollen headaches but it was the migraines I could not deal with. I tried different medications that eased the pain but never got rid of it.

In my early adult life I was in a car accident where I was hit from behind. I then began therapy and when they found out I also suffered from migraines they suggested acupuncture. I was very hesitant but I figured it was worth a try. I started feeling relaxed about it after my first session. I had about four treatments and in the end the results were I have never suffered another migraine. Another benefit I eventually quit smoking after smoking for 11 years. I would highly recommend acupuncture to anyone who suffers from migraines.

Having raised two strong boys now serving in the military if they should come back from their tours in the military like having posttraumatic stress, or any other problems I will see and make sure my sons will get acupuncture treatments.

After much research I now see the veterans are being treated with acupuncture in the military. I am a firm believer in acupuncture as I have seen what it has done for other people.

Angela Moseley
Summerville, SC

Acupuncture Treatment Helps Vietnam Vet with PTSD

Joe Barth getting acupuncture treatment

Joe Barth receives acupuncture treatment for PTSD in Alaska

The Barth family has a history of military service, with seven boys who served in conflicts from the Korean War to Vietnam. While everyone came home, Tom Barth's brother Joe didn't seem to be the same person when he returned from Vietnam in 1967.

"We knew he was different when he came back," said Tom Barth. "We wanted to help, but Joe just said that we hadn't been there and didn't know what we were talking about."

Over the years, Joe continued to struggle. He didn't enjoy the things he used to and wasn't very comfortable around people. He seemed to live in his own world. We didn't know anything about PTSD at the time.

Joe Barth with catch

Joe Barth is back to fishing again

Recently, we found a link to a website focused on helping veterans that were having problems - www.maketheconnection.net. For the first time, Joe was reading about other veterans who were experiencing many of the same things as he had.

Soon, he sought help from the VA hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. Part of their treatment plan involved acupuncture to assist those suffering from PTSD. After just a few treatments, we have noticed a difference.

"Joe is starting to enjoy life again," said Tom. "After all these years, he's back to fishing again and he seems happier around people." We've seen what acupuncture can do to help our veterans.

If you are a veteran and concerned about the cost of the treatment, click here.


Acupuncture Treatment Available for PTSD In Summerville, SC

acupuncture treatment

Fred Gutierrez receives acupuncture from Mary Margaret Dobson at Summerville Community Acupuncture

Summerville Community Acupuncture (SCA) is offering affordable acupuncture treatment for individuals suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. SCA uses hair-thin stainless steel single-use needles in their treatments. A typical treatment consists of 10-15 needles and can be used in conjunction with physical therapy, chiropractic, massage or other healing techniques and medical practices and does not interfere with medications.

Please contact Summerville Community Acupuncture for more information.

Summerville Community Acupuncture
127 S. Main Street
Summerville, SC 29483
Phone: 843.810.1225

If you are a veteran and concerned about the cost of the treatment, click here.


Acupuncture for PTSD Now Available at Centers Across the Country

Some centers offer free acupuncture for veterans and active duty military, while many centers offer a $5 or $10 treatment. Please contact the center to find out what their policy might be. If you are a veteran and concerned about the cost of the treatment, click here.

The Veterans Project also lists acupuncture resources across the country. To view, please click here.

ARIZONA

Tempe Community Acupuncture
2121 S. Priest Dr. #110
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: 480.269.0415
Email: info@tempeacu.com

Phoenix Community Acupuncture
2530 N 7th Street, Suite 103
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone: 623.242.0541
Website: phoenixcommunityacupuncture.com


CALIFORNIA

Santa Rosa Community Acupuncture
535 7th St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Phone: 707.546.7722
Website: www.santarosacommunityacupuncture.com

Blue Heart Acupuncture
1912 N. Batavia Street, Suite J
Orange, CA 92865
Phone: 714-798-4325
Website: www.BlueHeartAcu.com

BAYVAC - Bay Area Veteran's Acupuncture Clinic
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (community ear clinic)
555 Deharo Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 510-847-0629

Chinatown Community Acupuncture Clinic
22 Soledad Street
Salinas, CA 93901
First and Third Mondays of every month 2:00-3:00 pm
Contact: Laurie Kleinman, MD 831-320-9560

Humboldt Veterans Acupuncture Project
Call for additional information
Phone: (707)444-8271

Tri-City Veterans Acupuncture Center
Eugene Lowery, D.C., L.Ac.
550 West Vista Way, Suite 105
Vista, California 92083
Contact: (760) 941-2900
Website: www.tricityvac.com


COLORADO

Boulder East West Acupuncture
aQui Mizrahi, LAc, MSOM
2955 Valmont Road, Suite 100,
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: 303-828-6759
Website: www.bouldereastwestacupuncture.com

ITEA Free Acupuncture Clinic for Veterans
Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture
317 W. South Boulder Road, Suite 2
Louisville, CO 80027
Every Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 pm
Phone: (720) 890-8922
Website: president@itea.edu


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

District of Columbia Military Acupuncture Clinic
908 New Hampshire Avenue, NW #500
Washington, DC 20037
Contact: Nina at (202) 296-3555


FLORIDA

Community Acupuncture of Orlando
2225 Curry Ford Rd. Ste. B
Orlando, FL 32806
Phone: 407.203.0663
Website: www.communityacupunctureoforlando.com

Orlando Veterans Acupuncture Clinic
Loi Acupuncture Clinic
5575 S. Semoran Blvd., Ste. 1E
Orlando, FL 32822
Contact: Kimberly Loi at (407) 285-1856
Hours: Wednesday: 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Miami-Dade Veteran's Acupuncture Clinics
Acupuncture Center for Wellness-North Miami Beach &
Acupuncture Center for Wellness-South Miami Center
Email: acupuncturemiamicenter@gmail.com


GEORGIA

5011 Warm Springs Rd,
Columbus GA 31909
Every 1st Sunday of the month from 1pm-3pm except the holiday weeks.
Phone: Tina Li at 706-562-8121
Website: www.myacupunctureandchineseherbs.com
Email: cacuherbscolumbus@gmail.com

p>Atlanta Veteran's Acupuncture Clinic
Church of the Epiphany
2089 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, 30307
Mondays between 6 - 7:30 p.m
Contact: Judith Kenen 609-273-2970
Contact 2: Michelle Moody 404-271-4372 Email: kenen@intownacupuncture.com
Email: m2botanicals@bellsouth.net<


IDAHO

Veterans' Acupuncture Clinic of the Wood River Valley
Cody Acupuncture Clinic
12 East Walnut St.
Hailey, Idaho, 83333
Every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Contact: Rosemary Cody, L.Ac. 208.720.7530


ILLINOIS

Chicago Veterans Clinic
Healing Junction Clinic
3322 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Monday-Thursday, 11:00am -7:00pm by appointment only
Contact: Kirk Moulton at 773-880-9120 for more information


MAINE

Augusta Veterans Acupuncture Clinic
9 Green Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Every Tuesday at 6:00 PM (except holidays and snow days)
Phone: (207) 215-5817
www.AugustaVetsAcuClinic.org

Portland Veterans Acupuncture Clinic
Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh Temple
76 Noyes Street
Portland, ME 04103
Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm (except holidays)
Phone: (800) 871-9012 Extension: 90895#
www.AugustaVetsAcuClinic.org


MARYLAND

Annapolis Community Acupuncture, LLC
17 North Southwood Avenue,
Annapolis, MD 21401
Every Thursday, 3:00 - 7:00 PM
Contact: Mina Johns (443) 951-1575
www.annapoliscommunityacupuncture.com

Family Acupuncture Clinic
13415 Connecticut Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20906
9am - 12pm the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month
Contact: Kay Madsen, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM) at 240-393-5420
www.familyacupuncturecenter.org


MASSACHUSETTS

Simon Acupuncture and Nutrition
Twice a month on Wednesdays from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The venue location varies.
Email: joann@simon-health.com

Veterans Acupuncture Care (VAC) Boston Clinic
Charlestown Yoga
Held 3rd Saturday of each month from 2:30-4:30pm.
Phone: 617-241-0824

Veterans Acupuncture Care (VAC) Metrowest
St. Andrew's Church
3 Maple Street
Framingham, MA 01702
Saturdays 10 am - 12 noon (last seating at 11:30 a.m.)
The venue location varies.
Email: Christine Lee, L. Ac. jacuchrisrm@aol.com
Email: Janine L. Agoglia, L.Ac. vacmetro@gmail.com
Phone: 508-626-0896
Websites: www.vacmetrowest.com or www.acuwithoutborders.org


MICHIGAN

Community Health Acupuncture Center
801 Livernois St.
Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: 248.246.7289
Website: www.communityacucenter.com
Email: chac.acupuncture@gmail.com


MINNESOTA

The Wellness Circle (Community Acupuncture Room, 2nd floor)
7094 Lake Drive
Lino Lakes, MN 55014
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-12pm, Wednesdays 1-7pm
Email: kielsa258@aol.com
Phone: Robyn Kielsa, LAc, (651) 497-6671


NEW MEXICO

Albuquerque Female Veterans Clinic
This clinic is for women only; women who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military or female family members of those who have served or are serving.
Albuquerque Professional Building
909 Virginia NE, Suite 110
Albuquerque NM
First and Third Thursdays of the month, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Email: femaleveterans@acuwithoutborders.org
Phone: Terrie Duda Harris, DOM, 505-266-3878

Albuquerque Veterans Clinic
Menaul School "Old Brick" Common Room
301 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque NM
Every Wednesday, 5:00pm - 6:00pm (except the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, APS "snow days" and major holidays which fall on a Wednesday)
Phone: (505) 804-8285

JourneyWell - Friend Clinic
1800 Old Pecos Trail, Suite B
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Albuquerque NM
Website: www.journeywell.org
Email: journeywell2010@gmail.com
Phone: (505) 333-4173


NEW YORK

Acupuncture & Company
Long Island Healing and Learning Center
868 West Jericho Tpk.
Huntington, NY 11743
Veterans will be seen by appointment.
Phone: 631-223-2781
Website: www.acupunctureandcompany.com


NORTH CAROLINA

Asheville Community Acupuncture
Group of practitioners offering low-cost acupuncture treatments 7 days a week in western North Carolina.
378 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828) 777-8804
Website: www.communityacupuncture.com


OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma Military Stress Recovery Project
Norman American Legion post 88
710 East Main Street
Norman, OK 73069
Every Third Wednesday from 10 am to Noon:
Phone: 405-812-3374
Email: Kelley Wyskiel
Website: www.123barefoot.com/


OREGON

Eugene Veterans Clinic
First Christian Church of Eugene (in the library)
11th and Oak Sts
Eugene OR
Thursdays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Phone: Roland Sieracki at (541) 556-9786
Email: Roland@redwoodtcm.com

Grants Pass, Oregon Veterans Clinic: Acupuncture at Riverside
957 SE 7th Street
Grants Pass OR 97526
Eugene OR
Fridays from 9:00am - 11:00am
Phone: Ellen Leonard at (541) 474-1974

Portland Veterans Acupuncture Project (PVAP)
Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church
2828 SE Stephens
Portland OR
Thursdays, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Contact: Prudence Marshall at pvap3@yahoo.com or 503-538-4524
Website: www.pvap.org


PENNSYLVANIA

Acupuncture Wellness Center
102 West Chocolate Avenue
Hershey PA 17033
Wednesday evenings 5-8 p.m.
Phone: Jill Levine 717-919-0978

Philadelphia, PA Area Military and Veterans Treatment Locations-
Website: www.pavap.org


TENNESSEE

Seven Directions Community Acupuncture
Project Point Five
Against the Stream
3816 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209
Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact: Judy Gibson, LAc 615-499-0789


TEXAS

Kerrville Community Acupuncture
327 Earl Garrett, Suite 112
Kerrville, TX 78025
Phone: 830.257.0357
Website: www.acukerrville.com

Comal Springs Community Acupuncture
965 Walnut Ave, Suite 100
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Phone: 830.822.6315
Website: www.comalspringsca.com

Georgetown Acupuncture & Herbs
Zeitgeist Wellness Group
1900 E Elms Rd
Killeen Texas 76542
Phone: Kitara Byerly Lac at 512-851-3303
Email: kitaraom@yahoo.com


VIRGINIA

Central Virginia Community Acupuncture's Veterans Clinic
674 Hillsdale Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Contact: Jody Forman, MSW, L.Ac. 434-975-0025; Cali Gaston, L.Ac. 434-960-8464; Milla Zimmerman, 434-906-3159

Sports Edge Acupuncture
1033 Sterling Road, Suite 105
Herndon VA 20170
Monday - Friday, by appointment
Contact: Hon K. Lee at 571.306.0533

Veterans of the Valley Acupuncture Clinic
1731 Grandin Road
Roanoke, VA 24015
Held the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Contact: Katie Clifton, 540-537-8163


WASHINGTON

Bee Happy Community Acupuncture
8390 W. Gage Blvd. Suite 102
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: (509) 820-2272
Email: beehappyacu@gmail.com
Website:beehappyacu.com

Community Acupuncture Project
4545 44th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
Phone: (206) 933-7891
Email: westseapins@gmail.com
Website:www.acupunctureforall.org

Seattle Acupuncture for Veterans
Solid Ground (1st Floor Conference Room)
1501 N. 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
Mondays 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Email: SeaAcuForVeterans@gmail.com
Website:www.acupunctureforvets.org


WISCONSIN

New Leaf Acupuncture
9108 State Highway 42
Fish Creek, WI 54212
Monday-Friday, by appointment
Phone: 920-868-5108
Website:www.newleafacu.com

If you are a veteran and concerned about the cost of the treatment, click here.