National Geographic and agency 360i are claiming to have created the first-ever voice activated meditation app designed specifically for veterans.
Bravo Tango Brain Training was developed in partnership with former Air Force psychologist and combat veteran Dr. Michael Valdovinos, who specializes in military and veteran psychological health and has experience working with transitioning and reintegrating service members. Dr Valdovinos worked with 360i and app developer Xapp to translate his treatment methods, which involve meditation and mindfulness, into voice activations for the app. It is available for free on smartphones via the Google Assistant app and Google Home Devices. To begin, users just need to say "Ok Google, start Bravo Tango".
The project came out of NatGeo's work producing its scripted series, "The Long Road Home," based on Martha Raddatz's book that chronicles the lives of service members and their families through deployment and post-deployment.
Inspired by the real-life veterans portrayed in the series, National Geographic along with 360i wanted to go a step further and do something to not only enhance mental health support for veterans and reduce barriers to seeking treatment but also bring renewed attention to important veterans' issues.