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US military veterans endorse Transcendental Meditation for PTSD
by Global Good News staff writer
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9 November 2010
Great inroads have been made over the last few months in offering Transcendental Meditation to military veterans with PTSD, thanks in part to the leadership of two veterans practising the technique.
Mr Jerry Yellin, a World War II veteran who has practised Transcendental Meditation since 1975, recently had an article published titled 'Healing the Hidden Wounds of War'. The article appeared in 'On Patrol', a magazine published by a nonprofit organization serving the US military at home and abroad.
The article details his traumatic experiences as a fighter pilot in the Pacific, and the profound benefits he gained from Transcendental Meditation, which helped alleviate the depression, unhappiness, and loneliness he had been feeling ever since his service.
In the article, Mr Yellin, who is now 86, reflects that after just a few months of practising Transcendental Meditation, his life became meaningful again, and has since brought him lasting peace and contentment. He also notes a worrisome projection made by several organizations—that up to 25 per cent of those who have served in the military since 2001 may seek treatment for PTSD. He expresses his hopes that TM can benefit all suffering from this disorder, just as it did for him.
Both Mr Yellin and another military veteran, Ed Schloman, have been working in conjunction with Dr Sarina Grosswald, who has been spearheading research on the mental health benefits of Transcendental Meditation, to bring the programme to as many PTSD sufferers as possible.
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