Memorial Day is an important holiday that seems to be often overlooked. It's often seen as the time for relaxing or a possible camping trip, but today was meant to remember those who have lost their lives in war. Driving past the cemeteries decorated with US flags today reminded me again what this day is truly about.

Everyone I know has had a family member, a friend, or someone close to use who has served in the military. Some didn't return from the wars they served in, and we remember them this day. However, I feel that today is also an important time to remember those were able to return home. I thought I'd give a list of a few places where those veterans who have safely returned home might find some assistance. Returning Veterans Resource Project NW is another free source of assistance for veterans. They have a list of providers who offer free services to veterans and their families.

Acupuncturists Without Borders is a program in place throughout various cities and states, and you can check their site for more information about where to find them. They have a great listing of where clinics are already open, and where new ones are soon starting up.

Portland Veterans Acupuncture Project (PVAP) was initiated by Rick DeTroye, LAC, and Diane Miller, MD, who have set up weekly free treatments in southeast Portland with the intention of helping returning veterans. You can check out their brochure for more information, and read an article from the OHSU site about the project.

Today is an important day for many of us. Remembrance of people who are no longer with us is an important part of helping to heal, but also keeping their memories close to us with each passing year.

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