my son’s life”
“It was the difference between heaven and hell”
military sexual assault
talks about TM
TM treats PTS
about how TM
eased her re-entry
into civilian life.
Veterans are often loath to acknowledge to themselves or others their inner wounds of war after they return home from combat. Healing those wounds of war requires an approach that directly impacts the neurophysiology underlying PTS.
Operation Warrior Wellness offers Transcendental Meditation, a scientifically proven approach, which can be easily learned and practiced in private, to help veterans overcome the nightmare of PTS, while simultaneously promoting resiliency and improved performance in civilian life. Thousands of veterans have learned Transcendental Meditation and research on meditating vets has shown that the technique not only reduces the psychosocial symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, but also balances serotonin and norepinephrine, and regulates the sympathetic nervous system.
Transcendental Meditation is a simple, easily learned technique, practiced for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. The technique produces a profound state of rest and relaxation as deep as deep sleep, while enlivening the full brain. This experience of restful alertness is at the basis of the marked reductions in symptoms of PTS and the overall improvement in the quality of life of the veteran.
The David Lynch Foundation works in collaboration with government agencies and national and local veterans' outreach organizations to provide individual and group programs to heal the wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans, support the families of veterans with PTSD who are hospitalized or have lost their lives due to combat or suicide, and empower military personnel and military students with the tools to promote mental and physical resiliency.
Funding Target: $75,000 per year for each specially trained teacher to provide an intensive 12-month program of individualized instruction and follow-up in the Transcendental Meditation program for 200 at-risk veterans. Total funding: 50 trainers to serve 10,000 at-risk veterans: $3.75 million.