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US: Iowa Summit speakers to explore Transcendental Meditation to reduce PTSD, increase resilience in veterans, active-duty military

Operation Warrior Wellness
A David Lynch Foundation national initiative
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10 October 2012

A distinguished panel of speakers is addressing this Thursday's Iowa Summit for military and veterans leaders, medical researchers, and educators.

The Summit is being held Thursday, 11 October in West Des Moines, Iowa, USA. It is sponsored by Operation Warrior Wellness, a national initiative of the David Lynch Foundation in the United States.

See related article: 'US: Military leaders to promote meditation at 'Iowa Summit' to help reduce veteran suicide epidemic - 11 October 2012'.

The programme explores the research and clinical applications of the Resilient Warrior Program, which includes the Transcendental Meditation technique, for building resilience and overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—a major contributing factor in the epidemic of suicide among returning combat veterans.

Presentations will highlight the outcomes of meditation-based programmes for active-duty military personnel, veterans, cadets, and their families.

Featured speakers:

RADM Richard W. Schneider USCGR (ret), 23rd President, Norwich University
Under President Schneider's leadership, the Resilient Warrior Program is being offered to students, faculty, and staff at Norwich University, the oldest private military college in America.

''I believe the Resilient Warrior Program with the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique represents an essential tool for cadets to have in their toolbox of resilience techniques.''

Jerry Yellin, WWII fighter pilot and national co-chair, Operation Warrior Wellness
Jerry Yellin helps to direct a national initiative to bring the meditation-based Resilient Warrior Program to tens of thousands of America's military members and their families.

''Practicing TM has made me a better husband, father, and person. It helped me heal the hidden wounds of war I suffered for thirty years after I returned from combat in 1945.''

COL Brian Rees, Command Surgeon, 63rd Regional Support Command
COL Brian Rees has completed four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is a medical expert on the health benefits of Transcendental Meditation.

''Almost every aspect of a warrior's mental health improves with TM, which is why it's a great intervention for developing resilience and treating PTSD.''

Luke Jensen, OEF veteran and OWW-Iowa board of advisors
Luke Jensen utilized the Resilient Warrior Program to overcome depression, substance abuse, and suicidal tendencies after returning home from Afghanistan.

''TM reduced my anger and outbursts of rage. I don't dwell as much on my past. I have hope for the first time since I returned from Afghanistan.''

All the panelists have extensive experience in using Transcendental Meditation.

Click here to view the event brochure.

Contact: Ken Chawkin
Telephone: +1 641-470-1314

© Copyright 2012 David Lynch Foundation

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