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Veterans & Nudism

Army Veteran

Being an Army Soldier, nudism helps relieves the daily stress from wearing the Army uniform all day. When I get home, I can't wait to get naked. I instantly feel stress free once the uniform comes off. It is even better when I go outside allowing the sun to hit my naked body. There is no better feeling than being naked. One day I will be a full time nudist once I retire from the Army.

Nude Veteran

I started by spending time nude in my bedroom after bathing when I was about 12. When I was 13 or 14 I started sleeping nude. When I was in high school I skinny dipped a couple of times in the river near my house. Those were exhilarating experiences. I joined the Air Force after high school. While stationed at my first base (in my twenties) I lived next door to a self-proclaimed nudist. At that point I was too shy to inquire about their lifestyle. Fast forward to my thirties and I starting searching for vacation spots were I could enjoy my time there in my most comfortable state. While my wife wasn't as exuberant about baring it all, she did spend time in Europe when she was a teen so she was OK with being topless. As it worked out we found a clothing optional resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. We stayed by our accommodation and didn't socialize but we definitely enjoyed our stay.

While stationed in Colorado we found a clothing optional Hot Spring. I shocked my wife a bit the first time I removed my trunks and walked in front of everyone there to enjoy a dip in the hot mineral water. We returned to this place often to soak our stresses away. The people there were very welcoming and my wife felt relaxed enough to go nude from time to time. Since then we have visited campgrounds and resorts in Florida, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Now that I am out of the military I look forward to traveling on a few more nakations.

PTSD and nudism

The experience of PTSD can have many root causes, some of them obvious, and some mysterious. Two veteran friends of mine both had recurring panic attacks stemming back from their time in the service, but from differnt situations. One had been in a direct attack, and took IED shrapnel to his chest. Only some of the metal penetrated, but all of the pain did. He immediately tore away his vest, and figures that that act had an unusual effect. "I would wake up at night panicked, and would be tearing my clothes off". "I found that being without clothes was what made me feel most relaxed, so I began sleeping nude, and then being nude whenever I could." For whatever reason, nudism helps his attacks. Our other friend never saw combat, but still suffered from moments of panic. "I was a wreck after my time in uniform. Nothing would calm me down until I got into the whole nudist thing." He never figured why exactly, but if it works, it works. There are theories that the pressure of the uniform finds relief with nudism, or that the equalizing effect of everyone being nude takes away the stress of military hierarchy. Maybe it's just the simple joy of being nude after the seriousness of life and death decisions that makes nudism more and more attractive to those who serve. Whatever the reason, nudism and Veterans can be a great combination.

Work uniform may vary

Working in veteran support for the VA, we do home care services for respiratory needs. I was impressed at our agency's attitude in being accommodating to our clients preferences and we hold regular meetings to make sure we are meeting their needs in providing a comfortable environment. It's difficult to imagine every possible situation, but thought we had most of it covered: religious requirements of the houshold might require a particular head covering, or a female therapist for female patients, or simply no shoes inside the house. In a moment of intended sillyness, my co-worker asked what we are to do if the client is a nudist. (She knew that I am a nudist, and probably had the intent of adding some levity to the meeting). Our boss, without missing a beat simply said, "if your client is a nudist, then you treat your nudist patient." A good answer. Undeterred in her attempt to throw things off track, my co-worker asked what we are to do if the client insists on having a nudist therapist, and dressed as such. A legitimate question in the situation where a client might live in a nudist community. After a brief pause, our boss replied that if we were willing to accommodate the client, we should do so appropriately. I mean, we would take our shoes off if those were the house rules, so why not. I had heard stories of postmen objecting to making deliveries at nudist communities, and I alway thought contrary; I thought that that would be the best assignment, to be able to do your job in a nudist environment, and if you were allowed to be nude, well, sign me up. And so, it seems that I now have permission, even an obligation to be nude when necessary! We all had a little giggle at the exchange, but I will be making a point to promote our services at the nearest nudist resorts in the hope of enacting our 'nude if necessary' policy.

Young Disabled Vet Finds Peace Within Nudism

I began as a lone naturist as a teen, but after joining the US Air Force I decided to try social nudism. I went to a nearby resort, and within minutes I forgot I was naked. I had a great time there, and would also occasionally go to Hippie Hollow near Austin, TX to relax in the sun for the day.

After returning from two tours in the Middle East I was diagnosed with PTSD and Major Depressive Disorder. I found my life difficult to handle both at work and at home. I chose to leave the military hoping to move on with my life, but that has proven difficult to do.

I have spent most of the last few years depressed more often than not. Having a service dog and a supportive family and girlfriend has helped me a lot. Just as returning to the nudist community and way of life has helped.

I feel like my worries and bad memories slip away for a while when I'm nude, especially when I'm visiting with other nudists and friends. The time in nature, minus all the things that remind me of my troubles, is cathartic and rejuvenating. What makes it even better is that my girlfriend has started joining me and enjoying the time together as nudists. I think it goes without saying that my dog enjoys the nature walks and camping trips too!

I have found myself looking forward to even just an afternoon away from my daily life where I can relax without a care and without a single thread on. It is more enjoyable than going to therapy, and for me has been more successful too. I've always been a more introspective type person, and the peaceful and calm I find even amongst other nudists allows me to sort through my thoughts and feelings far easier. I have made more progress in the last year hanging out with family and friends at our monthly nude camp outs than with anything else.

Nudism has long been a part of my life, and it always will be. I can't think of a better way to relax, de-stress, and find the inner peace I lost while overseas.