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US: Brooklyn event supports veteran and first responder heroes to learn Transcendental Meditation for PTSD
by Global Good News staff writer

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14 August 2012

Operation Warrior Wellness held an event in New York City earlier this month to raise awareness and support for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress in active-duty military personnel, veterans, and 'first responders'—including police, fire department, and other emergency personnel.

Operation Warrior Wellness is a division of the David Lynch Foundation. According to their website, 'Operation Warrior Wellness is dedicated to facilitating the development of a new generation of warriors who are capable of thriving in the most challenging circumstances. . . . [It] is committed to providing the 'best in class' meditation-based therapies to veterans and military personnel and their families.'

These meditation-based therapies centre on the practice of Transcendental Meditation, which has been scientifically shown to reduce stress and increase resilience.

In order to raise awareness and generate support for this cause, Operation Warrior Wellness and the David Lynch Foundation hosted an event at the Fort Hamilton Army Garrison in Brooklyn, New York on 4 August. The event was called 'Honoring New York City's Veteran and First Responder Heroes'.

∙ Post-Traumatic Stress is an epidemic, according to the co-founders of Operation Warrior Wellness. Some facts include:

∙ 30-35 per cent of the 1.64 million troops deployed since October 2001 meet criteria for PTS or major depression.

∙ Only one in every two veterans with PTS has sought help of any kind.

∙ $4-6.2 billion is the two-year cost to society for PTS and major depression.

For these reasons, the fundraising event brought together veterans, active-duty personnel, government officials, and celebrities to garner as much support as possible.

Several hundred people attended the event and their support will go directly to provide scholarships for veterans, first responders, and active-duty military to learn Transcendental Meditation.

© Copyright 2012 David Lynch Foundation

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