Wounded Warrior Project Awards $125,000 to DLF Veterans Initiative

by Bibi Tran on June 11, 2015


The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) has received a $125,000 grant from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to provide the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique to veterans who are affected by combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). WWP’s Grant Program, now in its fourth year, is expanding the availability of programs and services that provide support to this generation of injured service members.

The David Lynch Foundation delivers the easily-learned, evidence-based TM technique to reduce symptoms of PTSD by up to 50 percent as well as markedly reducing anxiety, depression, insomnia, and substance abuse.

“For over ten years, the David Lynch Foundation has provided a critical missing tool for veterans and other at-risk populations to overcome the nightmare of trauma and toxic stress in their lives,” said Bob Roth, executive director at DLF. “The effectiveness of the TM technique has been verified by more than 350 peer-reviewed studies, which have been funded, in part, by more than $30 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.”

“Working together with these excellent organizations, we are expanding and strengthening the network of support we can provide to our warriors, free of charge,” said Steve Nardizzi, chief executive office at WWP. “Side by side with WWP, our grant recipients are creating and deploying critically needed, specialized programs and services across the country, ensuring that no warrior falls through the cracks.”

WWP focuses on providing grants to organizations that operate in underserved areas or provide services outside the scope of WWP’s 20 free programs and services. The David Lynch Foundation was selected as a grant recipient because it delivers services that alleviate sleep issues, a funding priority that WWP selected based on direct feedback from injured veterans in WWP’s Annual Alumni Survey. Since 2010, WWP has been using survey data to identify gaps in existing services and support. The results help WWP gauge the top issues that injured veterans, their families, and caregivers struggle with as they transition from military to civilian life.

It is estimated that over 50,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in recent military conflicts; another 320,000 have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment, and as many as 400,000 additional service members live with the invisible wounds of war, including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 11.34.20 AMThe mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, click here.

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  1. Congratulations on the grant! We have had great success here at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center treating active duty Soldiers with TM to relieve symptoms of PTSD including sleep disturbance. I’m very glad to see funding has been awarded so you will be able to offer the training to combat Veterans who will benefit greatly without having to rely on ineffective sleep meds and their side effects.

    John L. Rigg, MD
  2. I would like to thank David, through his grant he helped change my life!! Now I spread the word through social media, and wounded warrior functions, I live by it!!

    Justin Patterson
  3. As an avid follower of TM, I know first hand the benefits this practice has brought to my life. When I saw this post, I immediately thought of my son in law who suffers every day from PTSD. He has served in Desert Storm and four tours in Afganistan. He is not on active duty currently, but the effects of PTSD consume his life. Would he be eligible for TM through Wounded Warriors? I’ve tried to speak with him about TM, but I think he may be more receptive when he sees that even Wounded Warriors recognizes the benefits TM could bring to his life.
    Many thanks,
    Mary Macedonia

    Mary Macedonia
    • Hi Mary,

      Thanks so much for writing us. I will forward this to our program specialist now to see what can be done.


      Bibi Tran
  4. So glad to see that your program was able to obtain the $125K for your great work considering the success of the WWP in earning $312 million in 2013!
    Sgt.Maj Dan

    Dan B
  5. I am starting a teacher training course in TM. After I finish my training how would I go about helping to teach these warriors. I live in Marin County, Ca


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