Virtual reality is taking Tennessee veterans on adventures

Posted at 7:44 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 12:01:54-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — Residents at the Tennessee State Veterans' Home in Murfreesboro are traveling the world without leaving the building.

Using MyndVR headsets, veterans can skydive, drive a race car, play with puppies or stand on stage at a Broadway show.

"It has a big impact on the residents and the quality of life they have," said Ed Harries, the executive director.

There are hundreds of videos that come with MyndVR. They are all designed with seniors in mind.

Ninety-three year old World War II veteran Jordan Baker hauled cars for 40 years after serving in the army. He likes the Nascar videos.

"I got to go to a lot of racing when I was in Michigan," said Baker.

Luana Brandon, 94, served in the air force. She had pets all her life. The videos of dogs and cats are her favorite.

"Oh I loved the animals! The little puppies were so cute," said Brandon.

Studies show that virtual reality is therapeutic for vertans with anxiety or PTSD.

"After we phase in the virtual reality, we'll create therapeutic regimens to look at those residents who have PTSD," Harries said.

There are four state veterans' homes: Murfreesboro, Clarksville, Knoxville and Humboldt. Harries said there are plans to buy more headsets to outfit the other locations.