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