In partnership with Manhattan College in New York and the Sivananda Ashram, we’ve developed a program to support veteran-students called Veterans at Ease.
The challenges of veterans returning to civilian/academic life can be made even more difficult by three common, underlying concerns including 1) a dysregulated nervous system that can cause symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, difficulty focusing, and mood swings, 2) a lack of purpose or meaning to replace the compelling imperative of military service, and 3) a sense of loss for the camaraderie and unique relational bonds that are a key part of many people’s military experience.
This program is designed to address these common concerns and achieve three main goals:
- Help veterans successfully transition from the military to civilian/academic life
- Provide veterans with meaningful avenues to bond with other veteran-students on campus
- Empower veterans with tools to manage stress
The Veterans at Ease program involves on campus instruction at Manhattan College and off-site retreats for veteran-students that are hosted by the Sivananda Ashram in Nassau, Bahamas. Sivananda Ashram is a committed partner of Warriors at Ease and dedicated to supporting warriors through the power of yoga and meditation.