Tom Voss

Army Veteran Tom Voss smiling with long brown curly hair and a full beard
U.S. Army Veteran

Tom Voss is an Army veteran who recovered from Moral Injury through meditation. He now teaches meditation, breath work, and Yoga Nidra to other veterans.

Tom served on active duty in the United States Army for three years, from 2003 to 2006. Tom served with the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, an element of the 1st Brigade 25th Infantry Division, one of the Army's first Stryker Infantry Brigades. He served as an infantry scout in the battalion scout-sniper platoon.

In October of 2004, after 20 months of training with his unit, Tom was deployed to Mosul, Iraq to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Iraq, Tom was proud to participate in hundreds of combat missions, convoys, security patrols, raids, area clearance operations, and humanitarian relief operations including providing security for the first democratic elections in Iraq since the invasion. Tom separated from the Army in 2006 with an honorable discharge.

After returning home, Tom struggled with reintegration and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2008. After being pushed to the brink of suicide, Tom knew he had to do something to help himself heal. In 2013, he teamed up with fellow combat veteran, Anthony Anderson, to plan and execute a 2,700-mile trek from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Los Angeles, California. This journey was captured on film by Emmy®-nominated documentary filmmaker, Michael Collins. Among many other awards, the film, Almost Sunrise was broadcast nationally in November 2017 as part of the P.O.V. documentary series on PBS, resulting in an Emmy nomination.

In 2019, Tom and his sister, Rebecca Anne Nguyen, published Where War Ends: A Combat Veteran’s 2,700-Mile Journey to Heal ― Recovering from PTSD and Moral Injury through Meditation.

For his work empowering veterans to overcome moral injury, Tom has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, National Geographic Adventure, Men's Health, USA Today, Fox News, the Chicago Tribune, Epoch Times, and The Hollywood Reporter. Tom has given presentations and lectures about his journey of hope and healing at Google, the Aspen Ideas Festival, New York University, the Medical College of Wisconsin and United States Congress.

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