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Family affected by Post-Traumatic Stress: 'TM has literally changed our lives'
by Global Good News staff writer

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14 August 2012

One of the most touching speakers at a recent benefit event in support of Operation Warrior Wellness was Deborah Ortiz, an author, documentary film producer, and wife of a retired police officer suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress.

The event was organized by Operation Warrior Wellness and the David Lynch Foundation to raise awareness of the epidemic of Post-Traumatic Stress and of its successful treatment though Transcendental Meditation (TM). It was held at the Fort Hamilton Army Garrison in Brooklyn, New York on 4 August.

Ms Ortiz gave one of the most moving speeches of the night.

She said, 'I am the wife of a New York state trooper and DEA agent suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress. And it wasn't until he retired from a 22-year law enforcement career that the horrors of Post-Traumatic Stress began to surface, and we soon found ourselves living in an absolute nightmare.'

Ms Ortiz went on to describe what life was like living with Post-Traumatic Stress. 'I watched a man that I once knew sink into a world of darkness and despair and I was left hopelessly wondering what was happening to us.'

But it wasn't just her family that was affected. 'Did you know that the number one killer of police officers is suicide?' she asked. 'That is a fact. There is so little being done to train our officers, and it's too late. And unfortunately, too many have found that out.'

Things began to change for the better for her and her husband, though. She said, 'We have had the pleasure of meeting Ed Schloeman of Operation Warrior Wellness. Since then, we have had the opportunity to learn TM and it has literally changed our lives.'

The effect was almost immediate. 'My husband has tried many forms of therapy and after three days of practising TM, I began to see a light shine from his eyes that I had not seen for a very long time. And after five days of TM, my husband came to me and said, ''I don't know how it works; I don't want to know how it works''—[but] after four psychiatrists and two therapists, and thousands of dollars that he had spent in therapy, he had actually finally started to feel better.'

See related article: US: Brooklyn event supports veteran and first responder heroes to learn Transcendental Meditation for PTSD.

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