Air Therapy for Veterans
When veterans come home, what can they do with the excessive amounts of stress-induced chemistry?
We have taken hundreds of veterans into the sky over the past 6 years. Flying sharpens the mind and feeds the soul.
After returning home therapeutic adventures are needed.
Open cockpit flying is healing. The sky reaches out and touches you.
Leonardo Da Vinci
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
From Wizard of Oz
RESERVE YOUR FLIGHT
The amygdala region of the brain is responsible for the emotional reaction to fear. This adaptive mechanism becomes overused with continued response to combat and life threatening situations. The brain activates adrenaline and cortisol production, for hair-trigger readiness. The brain’s hippocampus also shrinks in size under the duress of PTSD and yet returns to original size when healing occurs. Go figure.
Relaxation becomes difficult to achieve without a focused path through the fear/thrill conditioning.
Self-medicating temptations are numerous; drugs, alcohol, high-risk activities, depression, suicidal ideations, fights, fast motorcycles etc. etc. More healthy and exciting alternatives are needed.
“Learning to fly stimulates a whole new activity for the brain.”
This adventure commands full presence brought alive with an ever present thrill. It requires left-brain learning (flight systems, FAA rules, meteorology, aerodynamics), blended with the right-brain-dominant art of flying. Trike flying also provides more of a full body dynamic than with flying other types of aircraft.
Stress is draining . . . flying is therapeutic. Vets experience flying as an enjoyable re-inspiration.
ATA offers a substantial 34% price break for veterans.
So grab a friend in need. . . and let’s FLY!