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There are over 2.6 million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, many of whom have suffered a great deal as a result of their military service. A variety of initiatives and resources are in place for treating many of the visible and invisible wounds of war, such as amputations, burns, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but a large deficit remains. Specifically, the bio-medical model that underlies the U.S. military and V.A. healthcare systems fails to provide access to holistic care for sexual wellness and intimate relationships, where it’s most needed.
Mental, behavioral, emotional, and physical consequences of injury, disability, and the excessive stresses of everyday military life can have significant effects on an individual’s sexuality and personal relationships. When a person feels unable address these concerns, feelings of frustration, shame, guilt, and other toxic emotions can wreak havoc on personal resilience and erode the supportive structure of relationships.
The Warrior Intimacy Insitute exists to support and empower the countless servicemembers, veterans, and partners who struggle with feeling disconnected or out of touch; those who are passionate about wanting to feel passionate again; and those whose connective energy