When Erik Younger returned from combat, he thought he knew what the enemy looked like. But returning to civilian life held life-threatening perils of its own. Erik began experiencing chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, nightmares, hypervigilance, insomnia and depression along with other symptoms frustrating him and his doctors. In 2014, Erik was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which has no cure. Roughly 22 veterans commit suicide every day and veterans make up 18% of the suicides in the US though they are only 8.5% of the population. Looking to provide hope and help for fellow soldiers suffering from PTSD, Erik founded Vetitation, a focused training program teaching veterans how to meditate. Pursuit of a daily meditation practice has provided Erik with release from the intense symptoms he experiences and he believes it can bring others dealing with traumatic stress happier, healthier lives.
Erik younger, a disabled U.S. Army veteran lives in Knoxville, TN with his wife Shelley, has two grown daughters, and is a business development executive in the petroleum industry. Active in helping our nation’s veterans, he holds memberships in the “Veterans of Foreign Wars” (VFW), “Disabled American Veterans” (DAV) and “The American Legion”. Erik, also has a passion for gardening, cooking, traveling and fine wine.