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Two veterans start Operation Warrior Wellness to provide relief from Post-Traumatic Stress
by Global Good News staff writer

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14 August 2012

Jerry Yellin and Ed Schloeman, American military veterans of two different wars, met on the sands of Iwo Jima—the legendary WWII battle ground in the Pacific—in 2010. This fortuitous meeting led to the founding of Operation Warrior Wellness, an organization devoted to raising awareness of, and providing relief for, Post-Traumatic Stress.

Mr Yellin himself had struggled with Post-Traumatic Stress.

It wasn't until he learned the Transcendental Meditation technique in the mid-1970's that Jerry was able to find relief, as the Operation Warrior Wellness website explains. He described the impact of the technique on his life: 'My anger and restlessness began to dissipate, and a calmness that I never knew became apparent.'

When Mr Schloeman, inspired by his new friend, learned Transcendental Meditation and experienced remarkable benefits, both men knew they needed to make this technique available to other veterans, first responders, and military personnel who may suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress.

'They felt they should do something, and not just sit by, knowing the potential of this knowledge,' said Adam Pressman, director of video production for the David Lynch Foundation, who has made many films for Operation Warrior Wellness.

'As it turns out, it's critical to have the support of people like that, to effectively reach all the different strata of society,' he said, adding that they have been successful. Both men have been bold, speaking with people at every level, from individual veterans to government organizations. Because of their status as war veterans, Mr Yellin and Mr Schloeman are often able to talk directly with high-ranking officials in the military and in the government.

They also reach out to individuals. For example, Mr Yellin spoke directly with a police officer in Connecticut, encouraging him to learn Transcendental Meditation. He did so, and had such an immediate and positive experience that he now wants to become a teacher of Transcendental Meditation and help other Post-Traumatic Stress sufferers find relief.

Veterans 'know how to speak with their colleagues,' Mr Pressman remarked. 'They know exactly what the problems are and how to communicate most effectively the potential benefits.' Because those benefits are so great, Mr Yellin and Mr Schloeman feel a strong commitment to bringing Transcendental Meditation to those in need.

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