Healing the Invisible Wounds of War with Virtual Reality

Published: November 8, 2018
Category: News

The RAND Corporation’s Invisible Wounds of War study estimates that as many as one in five who’ve seen battle experiences PTSD, which—if left untreated—can rip apart lives with nightmares, flashbacks, insomnia, anger, guilt, and feelings of isolation.
Since 9/11, nearly three million service members have deployed to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan—about half of them more than once.
Now, an innovative, evidence-based approach to treating PTSD is reaching more veterans than ever before. Called “virtual reality exposure therapy,” it heals by transporting the veteran back to the traumatic war event, into a computer-generated, parallel universe created in a Southern California lab.
Continue reading on the RAND Corporation website.