IANDS Sponsors No-Cost Webinar on July 1/15 at 11CST Featuring Combat Soldier Who Survived Near-Death Experience

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The International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS) is offering a no-cost webinar on July 1, 2015 at 11:00am CST, which will feature the gripping story of Combat Soldier Mike Bongart who survived a near-death experience (NDE) in 1968, and whose experience raises key questions about NDE treatment programs and policies. Webinar RSVPs are required and can be done online at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/f4a12556fe7c03f5dc2040ba88984b7b.

People who want to learn more about the struggles and challenges that Combat Soldiers face in the aftermath of a near-death experience (NDE) – and also want to understand why the military isn’t recognizing the legitimacy of these experiences and providing adequate treatment options – are invited to visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/f4a12556fe7c03f5dc2040ba88984b7b and RSVP their attendance at a special no-cost webinar on July 1, 2015 at 11:00am CST.

The webinar, which is sponsored by the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS), will tell the gripping story of Combat Soldier Mike Bongart:

On October 4, 1968 while serving his country as 1st Lieutenant with the 195th Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam, Bongart’s Huey helicopter was shot down while he was flying troops from the 9th infantry division to a landing zone northwest of Dong Tam. Bongart instantly relied on his years of training and experience to perform a successful autorotation, and bring the helicopter to the ground. However, as he and his fellow troops raced to a rice paddy dike for cover, a Viet Cong mortar round exploded nearby – and Bongart was hit by a piece of shrapnel. It was at the moment of impact that he encountered a transformative near-death experience (NDE).

Those who attend the July 1, 2015 webinar will hear the rest of Bongart’s unforgettable, eye-opening story – one that lifts the lid on struggles that Combat Soldiers continue to face after a near-death experience, and asks critically important questions like: Why doesn’t the military recognize these experiences? What are the after-effects these Veterans are dealing with? What can and should be done to treat them?

To help address these key issues, Bongart will also be joined on the panel by:

Retired Army Col. Dr. Diane Corcoran, R.N., President of IANDS, whose healthcare career started in Vietnam in the Army Nurse Corps.

Debbie James, Director of the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a renowned critical care nurse instructor.

“Integrating the changes into a person’s life that occur after an NDE is confusing and psychologically traumatic,” commented Dr. Diane Corcoran. “This is especially true for returning Combat Soldiers, who many times, are also dealing with physical damage and distance from loved ones. Support groups, like those run by the International Association of Near-Death Studies, have had success in providing a safe place for experiencers to be guided though the integration process after an NDE.”

As noted above, those interested in attending the no-cost webinar are invited to RSVP by visiting https://zoom.us/webinar/register/f4a12556fe7c03f5dc2040ba88984b7b.

Those who are unable to attend the live webinar will be able watch a re-broadcast via the IANDS’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3GuhJ3hPiSL_KZTx5_yIFg.

For additional information, interview requests and media inquiries, contact Pat Johnson at (512) 663-6357 or patjsanmarcos@gmail.com.

About the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS)

As an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) focuses most of its resources into providing the highest quality information available about NDE-related subjects. It is the only such membership group in the world. This year, IANDS is having its annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, and will feature speakers including Eben Alexander, Anita Moorjani and PHM Attwater. The location of the annual conference is fitting given the city’s large military population and concentration of military medical facilities. More information on the conference is available at http://conference.iands.org.

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