Veteran Buzz Aldrin Advocates Flight Simulators for Treatment of PTSD and TBI
Buzz Aldrin, Ph.D, Colonel, USAF, Ret. is probably best known as a moonwalker, scientist, inventor, engineer, and author of nine books. His most recent book is Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet from National Geographic Kids. He’s also an advocate for veterans, and his passion for flight has led him to explore new treatments for veterans with PTSD and TBI.
“I’m very interested in the use of flight simulators to treat symptoms of PTSD and TBI. I’m in the process of getting my new non-profit USAerobility up and running to use flight simulators as a form of therapy.
We’ve seen measurable improvements in many veterans who’ve experienced simulators here in the U.S. and in the U.K.”
Aldrin says these veterans report a greater sense of well-being, self-worth and achievement. Aerobility UK has also been using flight simulators with people with physical handicaps. Aldrin’s USAerobility wants to offer flight simulators to the handicapped in the future. “But helping our vets deal with PTSD and TBI is top on my list. We’re losing too many to suicide at 22 per day.”
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