Only about half the veterans suffering from PTSD seek treatment, because of the stigma attached to asking for help. The VA Medical Center in San Diego is testing an ancient meditation technique called “Mantram Repetition” to see if more veterans around the country might be willing to try it.

Vietnam veteran Roger Lewis staffs the patient library at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla. “This is like a barber’s shop,” he said, “where the guys come in and we talk.”

Lewis is a bit of a mentor to the patients who come in looking for books to help them understand the health problems they’re facing. Sometimes he gives them a flyer that’s lying on his desk. It’s for a class he took four years ago called “Mantram Repetition.” Lewis explained that it’s a technique to control the mind, and it helps him control his emotions and behavior.

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