Healing War Survivors, Transforming Our World

Dear Friends of War Survivors Institute:

Over the past few months, people around the globe are getting a glimpse into the world of surviving war. COVID-19 is in most cases not as threatening to life and personal integrity as war, yet this virus has shown the rest of the world the uncertainty and threat that war provides. It brings up similar questions such as, “who and where is the enemy” and “when will this end.” People are also having to think ahead, think tactically about how to endure, survive, and help loved ones. And, it is the medical community that is on the front lines, like soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors during war. This was given voice just today by Dr. Richard Byyny, President of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical society: “The entire world is grateful that you have taken on the responsibility of placing your lives in peril to save others.” 

The team at WSI has always been cognizant of these issues, and works to extend support to all war survivors. The corona virus now expands who are war survivors, albeit from a different kind of war. As we move forward, we will find ways to support survivors of this enemy. One way we can do that now is to try to answer any questions our friends have. So, if anyone has questions about this war that you have not heard from other sources, reach out. We will listen, compile them, and send a response in a newsletter form.

In the meantime, we urge you to comply with your local, state, and federal guidelines to practice social distancing, wash your hands often, and make sure you have the goods you need to take care of yourself and anyone else you can.

We believe the antidote to war is to stay connected and know that we are one body on this earth. This virus has shown it clearly: we are connected, what we do can deeply affect others, and we can either help or harm by how and where we direct our very breath. We will add that we believe 8 feet from others is better than 6, washing clothing you have worn in public is a good idea (at temperatures >80°), and cleaning surfaces where you work with your hands with alcohol or bleach-based wipes is good. And breathe deeply, exhale completely (just not towards anyone), connect wholeheartedly (just at a physical distance), and live fully (just in a smaller physical space). Together, we will move through uncertain times with healing, connection, and education. The world needs healing and guidance. We invite you to read one of the most insightful writings about this time from Alaine Duncan, author of “The Tao of Trauma” and master Asian Medicine healer”

To our friends,

Peace and Healing,

Michael Hollifield, MD, CEO and President: WSI

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Who are War Survivors?

War Survivors Institute combat soldiers

Military Veterans

Perhaps the most obvious of the war survivors, military service members are greatly impacted by war — sometimes physically, but inevitably psychologically and emotionally. The invisible wounds of war are often more damaging than the physical.

Learn More
War Survivors Institute educating Uganda children

Civilians & Children

Civilians — men, women, and children, who often play no active part in war — are nevertheless impacted greatly by conflict. Helen Stacy, a Stanford scholar put it this way: “These are the people who suffer first, last, and in the middle.”

Learn More
War Survivors Institute refugee boy covering mouth

Refugees & Asylees

War wounds are not confined to the battlefield. Refugees and asylees experience long-term psychological effects of trauma from war-related persecution, as well as the challenges and hardships of resettlement.

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War Survivors Institute (WSI) is an international, U.S. based organization that works to restore whole health to those harmed by war, conducts projects to promote mutuality and prevent violent conflict, and provides education and training through teaching and research.

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"Be the Change You Wish to See in the World" - Gandhi

Our Mission

War Survivors Institute (WSI) is an international, U.S. based organization that works to restore whole health to those harmed by war, conducts projects to promote mutuality and prevent violent conflict, and provides education and training through teaching and research.

We are Creating

a Movement

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