Military service can take a toll ... both physically and emotionally.
Now a group of alternative medicine practitioners in Maine want to help the veterans in their community ease the pain.
Catherine Pegram has the story from Bangor, Maine.
IN THIS SOLEMN PEACE, THE SACRIFICE OF SERVICE IS SLOWING HEALING FOR VETERANS LIKE SUSAN WALKER.
"This helps. This does more in a one hour clinic per week than all the pills that they can stuff down you."
"It's energy medicine. Or that's how I like to put it. Every practitioner may have their own spin on it but it's energy medicine that doesn't distinguish between mind and body."
ACUPUNCTURE HAS LONG BEEN USED TO HELP THE BODY HEAL BY TAPPING INTO A PERSON'S ENERGY.
RECENTLY LICENSED ACUPUNCTURISTS TOM JAMIESON, MARIE ARNBERG AND ASHLEIGH HART STARTED OFFERING THE TREATMENT IN BANGOR TO VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR FREE.
"When veterans go through either physical trauma or emotional trauma, they manipulate their chi in order to do what they need to do and it gets stuck. What we do is help the body relax and that chi to flow again."
THAT'S MADE A DIFFERENCE FOR GENE NARDI, WHO STRUGGLES WITH A SORE KNEE.
BUT IT'S THE MENTAL RELIEF THAT'S SURPRISED HIM.
"For me, it's more of a relaxation type. I feel that I'm not quite as uptight."
WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING THESE VETERANS, THAT FEELING OF EASE FLOWS BOTH WAYS.
"I know they have given so much, so much of their life and after serving."
"My life is just a little better to know that I gave someone a few minutes of tranquility and a little better health."
In addition to veterans, the services are being offered for free to active duty military and their immediate family members.