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Free group acupuncture.  Just walk in any time between 1900 and 2100; Veterans with PTSD or combat-related illness / injury should arrive at 1900 if possible.  No medical history or intake questions necessary. Please bring military ID, DD214, or other identifying documentation. Only vets/mil will be treated.

Who We Serve:

Community Acupuncture for Veterans (CAV) serves active-duty service members and veterans honorably discharged from the U.S. military, National Guard, and Military Reserves units, who have service-related illness or injuries. If time permits we will also treat veterans with issues that are not service-connected.  Veterans DO NOT need to be combat veterans. Treatments help tremendously with all of the major issues related to experiencing combat and other service duties, including Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), chronic pain, addiction, insomnia, anxiety, depression, anger, hyper-vigilance of mind, and many more.

Treatment priority will be given to those affected adversely by involvement in combat operations, then to those suffering from other service-connected injury or illness, then to veterans suffering from non-service-connected issues. All treatment for veterans and military service members is free of charge. CAV will also treat military spouses and dependents for a small donation if time permits. For treatment eligibility, proof of military service such as a DD-214, VA card, etc. is required.

How We Serve:

All treatments are FREE OF CHARGE. CAV events are Community Acupuncture for Veterans treatment events. CAV acupuncture is administered by David LoPriore Sensei, a Connecticut State Licensed Acupuncturist and Headmaster of the 800-year-old Japanese Warrior-Monk lineage art Kosho Shorei Ryu, and staffed by his martial arts students from Bushidokai Dojo in East Lyme, and many other friends and colleagues. LoPriore Sensei is an expert in treating Post Traumatic Stress and other veterans’ issues with acupuncture, and in offering comprehensive Wellness through Warriorship training. He is a senior acupuncturist, having practiced for over 25 years. He’s also taught Asian martial arts and many other Asian arts of self-development, performance optimization, and wellness for over 30 years. He also trains other therapists in his uniquely effective protocols.

Most treatments are done using an Auricular (ear) Acupuncture protocol developed by LoPriore Sensei, that treats PTS, chronic pain, substance addiction, insomnia, anxiety, depression, anger, and hyper-vigilance of mind, while offering a tremendously calming sense of well-being.  These acupuncture treatments, at the patient’s option, can also include treatment of several additional points for specific areas of pain, discomfort or dysfunction experienced by individual veterans.  Additionally, time-permitting and if indicated, LoPriore Sensei also uses body-acupuncture points from Eight-Principle or Five-Element style acupuncture for greater clinical effect and longer-lasting symptom relief.  He also teaches meditation and other stress-management techniques to individual veterans at WfW events, and offers free wellness & meditation classes for combat veterans.

Treatment results can last anywhere from two hours to two weeks following the first treatment.  The effect of multiple treatments is cumulative, so military and veterans are encouraged to attend as many CAV treatment events as possible. (All treatments are free of charge.)

Treatment sessions are held at the East Lyme Community Center on the second and fourth Monday nights, 1900-2100, each month. We have also done special events at the Hartford Armory, TASM/G, the Rocky Hill Veterans Hospital, and other locations, in addition to the monthly sessions in East Lyme.

If you have questions, please email LoPriore Sensei at WfWCAV@gmail.com, or call the WfW HQ at