Massage Program For Vets With PTSD

Iraq, 2008. Four Marines pose for picture in front of their vehicle. (c) Robert Schiff 2008


By Robert Schiff SYRACUSE, N.Y.–¬†Efforts are being made to help veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Clear Path For Veterans, a nonprofit organization is teaming up with the Syracuse VA Medical Center, Upstate University and the Crouse Hospital. “They do acupuncture, they do massage. Right now we have a massage waiting list,” said Diana Ignatto, a local volunteer for the Clear Path For Veterans Wellness Center in Chittenango. Ignatto has noticed a surge in interest and curiosity among the veterans in the Central New York region.

Ignatto insists that veterans call and place themselves on the waiting list as soon as possible. Based on the, Ignatto feels the program is a step in the right direction.”It’s worth a try,” she said. “I don’t see that it could hurt anything. It’s only gotta be better.”

According to, Crouse Hospital in Syracuse has initiated the first ever Specialty Certificate in Military Veteran Massage. Hopefully, veterans respond well to the program, shining a glimmer of hope on perhaps, one day, putting an end to this debilitating disorder.