AVF Mission Statement
Acupuncture for Veterans and their Families (AVF) provides quality health care at no and low cost for veterans, those on active duty, and their immediate family members.
The purpose of AVF is to provide well rounded quality healthcare for the growing number of people who have served and are currently serving in the United States military, as well as their immediate family members. It is clear that the challenge of combat does not end when a soldier finally comes home, but continues to be a challenge every day. And, the effects a veteran experiences can easily transfer to family members.
Those who have served our country often return home injured, and yet cannot afford to pay for the proper health care services that can assist in alleviating many of the common health conditions veterans experience. The goal of AVF is to make traditional types of health care freely available for this deserving population of people.
Chinese medicine and acupuncture is an established form of health care that has grown throughout the world with the passage of time, and has been used to treat mind and body ailments for thousands of years. One of the areas that acupuncture has been used throughout history is within war time, because it is an inexpensive form of health care. Currently, medical doctors, such as Col. Dr. Richard Niemtzow, USAF, have treated active duty soldiers successfully with acupuncture, and proposed a model for “battlefield acupuncture” to treat stress and pain related to combat. When an active duty soldier comes home from a deployment, the need to continue methods to manage and relieve stress and pain are very important. Many veterans experience post traumatic stress along with physical ailments related to injury and chemical exposure, and unfortunately, there is no cure for these conditions. Management, proper health care and love is necessary for recovery. The intension of AVF is to provide proper care.
Child receiving auricular acupuncture at a Project Sanctuary retreat in March 2012 from AVF founder and acupuncturist, Daisy Lear. Father is actively serving in the U.S. Army, 17 years, 6 deployments.