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Military should implement Transcendental Meditation to treat PTSD, retired general says
by Global Good News staff writer
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20 August 2013
An event held to help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was well received and promises to be the first of many such events in a national campaign.
The event focused on providing Transcendental Meditation, a scientifically verified stress-reducing technique, to veterans in need in the Washington, DC, area.
James Wilson, an Iraq veteran who practises Transcendental Meditation himself, helped organize the event and raise media awareness. He explained that the event 'inspired the start of a national campaign through the David Lynch Foundation. This is now going to be an ongoing series of events.'
The hall where the event was held was packed with reporters, and with veterans and their families. Mr Wilson added that when he called military organizations, veterans associations, and even high-ranking officers, he received a warm and interested reception. This bodes well for future events, he said.
Mario Orsatti, Director of Special Programmes for the David Lynch Foundation, told an anecdote indicative of the reception Mr Wilson found.
Mr Wilson called a retired Lieutenant General in the Army, someone he did not know and had never spoken to. 'The General was thrilled to hear from a young veteran, and wanted to completely support this [initiative]' said Mr Orsatti.
Two days later, the General posted an opinion piece in the Huffington Post about Transcendental Meditation and PTSD. In it, he wrote that he had learned TM in the 1970s when he was a young cadet, and had been meditating regularly every day since. The General recommended that the military institute Transcendental Meditation as a treatment option for PTSD.
This is the goal of the David Lynch Foundation as well.
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∙ Treating PTSD with Transcendental Meditation: Experts interviewed on TV news in Washington, DC
∙ Washington, DC, news programme highlights Transcendental Meditation to treat PTSD
∙ Young Iraq veteran hosts event in Washington, DC, reaches out to other veterans with PTSD
∙ Transcendental Meditation for PTSD
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