We know veterans are committing suicide at the rate of 20 service members a day. Is there a way we can help address this terrible statistic with a new intervention and different approach? Currently, NDEs are not addressed at all in their care, yet recently new research shows that 48% of combat related service members are having NDEs in addition to their other injuries and emotional trauma. I am proposing we look at helping veterans across the globe with a new approach.
Dr. Diane K. Corcoran served in the Army Nurse corps for 25 years, starting in Vietnam and ending as the Chief Administrator in Frankfurt Army medical center during Desert Storm. During the 25 years she served in the military, she held a variety of positions from staff nurse, director of education, nursing supervisor, to commander of the 86th CSH. During her time in the service, she also completed a MA and PhD. She currently is a health care consultant specialising in health care technology, smart carduse in health care and the care and support of people who have had Near-Death Experiences (NDEs). She has lectured on the implications of NDEs for the military and nursing professions on topics such as supporting terminal patients, grief and bereavement, SIDS deaths, and other issues related to death and dying. She has started a research fund for exploring NDE’s in the military and how we might help these service members. She has published several articles on the NDE and combat NDEs and continues to counsel people who have NDEs. Dr. Corcoran is President Emeritus of The International Association for Near-Death Studies.