Plano-based provider of XR-based digital therapeutics Mynd Immersive has signed a three-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to develop “Virtual Vietnam: A Path to Peace,” a virtual reality project for Vietnam veterans.
Mynd Immersive said the collaboration with VA Immersive, part of the VA’s Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning, combines advanced VR technology, original content from Mynd Immersive Studios, and a “deep understanding” of Vietnam Veterans’ emotional and psychological needs.
Called “A Path to Peace” and “a beacon of hope and healing,” the VR project aims to advance the emotional care of veterans, offering them a chance for closure and peace, the company said.
Vietnam vets ‘absolutely deserve this technology’
“The men and women who served in Vietnam absolutely deserve this technology,” Mynd Immersive CEO Chris Brickler said in a statement. “Our goal with ‘Virtual Vietnam: A Path to Peace’ is to create a safe and relaxing environment where veterans can explore the modern vibrance of Vietnam while promoting reconciliation, peace, and healing.”
Mynd Immersive is already deployed in nearly 100 long-term veteran care facilities across the U.S.
The company said that in a large, multiyear study with Stanford, Mynd Immersive was shown to improve mood, reduce feelings of isolation, and improve the relationship between older adults and their caregivers.
Mynd Immersive said the new collaboration will enlist the input of veterans across the nation and their firsthand experiences and perspectives will guide virtual journeys that are respectful, therapeutic, and empowering.
“Immersive content can dramatically increase socialization in older adults with their caregivers,” Dr. Skip Rizzo, clinical psychologist, research director at USC Institute for Creative Technologies for Medical Virtual Reality and founding member of Mynd’s advisory board, said in a statement. “This application represents a significant and powerful step forward in the emotional health and well-being of our Veterans and those who care for them.”
Mynd Immersive, previously known as MyndVR, is a provider of immersive therapies for aging adults in senior living communities, home care agencies, veteran homes, and those aging at home.
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