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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Jared Smyser
While preparing for overseas deployment with the U.S. Marines last year, Staff Sgt. Nathan Hampton participated in a series of training exercises at Camp Pendleton, Calif. There were weapons qualifications. Grueling physical workouts. High-stress squad counterinsurgency drills. And weekly meditation classes.
"It's really hard to access rational thought during high-intensity stress situations," said Jared Smyser, 28, a former Marine who lives in Richmond, Va., and is training to become an M-Fit instructor. "All this stuff happens in your body because we've evolved to get away from predators. But it's not really relevant in today's warfare. You need to be calm, collected, making better decisions."
"It absolutely would have beneficial to me [in Iraq]," he said. "I was very skeptical at first, but I've seen benefits in my own life. I'm interested in working with veterans with PTSD. And if we teach this upfront, we might be able to prevent some of the problems we have to fix afterwards."