For those working with the returning military and trauma, the work of Brian Doerries is significant to consider. Stories teach and stories reach a universal healing space in the ground of consciousness.
He puts on Greek tragedies for the military: "Again and again I'd see that when people who had endured enormous suffering listened to the words of others who had faced the darkness, they opened up...they could take in the losses of Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes - so like the loses they had faced - and begin to heal."
[Personally, I saw my own father, who was a prisoner of war for 2 1/2 yrs in WWII, heal through literature and the POW community.]…/addiction-perfo…/overview…/20…/10/02/bryan-doerries-greek-tragedies

[Doerries] discussed Ajax with many troubled vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and may have saved some of their lives. His book interweaves tales from this journey with episodes from Doerries’s own life and moving discussions of the plays he cherishes—his ‘blueprints for felt experience,’ his conduits for connection and compassion… it is through that intensity of focus, Doerries convinces us, that we can find permission to feel our own pain. To see his productions today, or to see Greek tragedy through his eyes, is to become measurably healthier and more human.” —James Romm, The Daily Beast
The Theater of War: What Ancient Tragedies Can Teach Us Today
By Bryan Doerries