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US: Veterans officials open to alternative PTSD treatments, including Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer

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6 August 2013

There is a crisis among military veterans, experts agree. When more veterans are dying from suicide than from casualties in the field of battle, the threat of stress and mental trauma needs to be taken seriously and freed from stigma.

A new video produced by the David Lynch Foundation documents an event at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC, that answered to this need, showcasing an effective treatment for soldiers, veterans, and first responders who are affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The David Lynch Foundation and Operation Warrior Wellness, which sponsored the event, have been bringing Transcendental Meditation to the attention of those responsible for the health and well-being of veterans.

This crisis in the military has led officials to consider many potential solutions, event organizers said. One methodology they are looking into is meditation. The film shows that veterans, and even active duty military, are finding tremendous relief from PTSD through the practice of Transcendental Meditation.

At the event in Washington, veterans shared stories of their personal success with Transcendental Meditation (TM), while experts described research underway that shows the technique's effectiveness in reducing PTSD symptoms.

There were several eminent speakers at the event, including the Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, W. Scott Gould.

As one who is responsible for veterans' health, Deputy Secretary Gould was open to hearing about any methods which may help reduce or prevent PTSD.

'From my standpoint as chief operating officer of the US Department of Veterans Affairs,' he said, 'I'm obviously very interested in techniques that could, in a very simple and easy way, make people more resilient before they get into the service.'

If resilience is increased before exposure to the stressors of combat and other high-stress events, he explained, then soldiers would be in a better position to avoid developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

If Transcendental Meditation can increase resilience, it could be an effective technique to make sure that our veterans don't suffer, he concluded.

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