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Widespread news coverage of David Lynch Foundation's $1M grants to teach veterans Transcendental Meditation
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4 December 2011
News of the David Lynch Foundation's $1 million grants to teach the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation Technique to active-duty military personnel and veterans and their families suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS) has spread all across North America.
The initiative—known as Operation Warrior Wellness—was inaugurated in Los Angeles at a news conference Friday, December 2 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Within hours, an article about the launch, published by The Associated Press, had been picked up and featured by hundreds of TV and radio broadcast, print, and online news media in the US and Canada (see below for article).
The press conference was followed Saturday, December 3 by the Third Annual David Lynch Foundation benefit gala, 'Change Begins Within', held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Last night's benefit featured Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Brand, and Russell Simmons, along with other meditating stars, leaders of veterans groups, educators, and top scientists including eminent psychiatrist and bestselling author Dr Norman Rosenthal.
The gathering was to raise funds and celebrate the success of the David Lynch Foundation's many outreaches to help people in need overcome traumatic stress and transform their lives from within, including veterans with PTS, at-risk schoolchildren, prison inmates, and homeless people.
A video replay of the Saturday evening 'Change Begins Within' event will be available online, starting:
Sunday, December 4
6:00 p.m. (US PT)
9:00 p.m. (US ET)
Click here to watch the replay of the David Lynch Foundation gala, beginning Sunday evening.
Replays of the December 2 news conference are currently being streamed continuously on the David Lynch Foundation Livestream channel.
Following is the AP article published Friday, December 2:
David Lynch supports teaching veterans to meditate
LOS ANGELES (AP) - David Lynch wants soldiers and veterans to experience the stress-reducing benefits of Transcendental Meditation.
Lynch's namesake foundation is giving $1 million in grants to teach the meditation technique to active-duty military personnel and veterans and their families suffering from post-traumatic stress.
The filmmaker said Friday that the grants are from the Operation Warrior Wellness division of his foundation, which funds meditation instruction for various populations, including inner-city students and jail inmates.
Recipients of Operation Warrior Wellness grants include Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Wounded Warrior Project and UCLA's Operation Mend.
Lynch's credits include TV's ''Twin Peaks'' and the films ''Mulholland Drive,'' ''Blue Velvet'' and ''Wild At Heart.''
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