Fairfield Resident Helps Veterans Recover
Posted September 9, 2011 10:50 pm
by Kathleen Serino/SourceMedia Group News
FAIRFIELD – Meditation is the best medicine for military veterans, some say.
Filmmaker David Lynch is set to announce on Sunday a $500,000 matching grant to teach Transcendental Meditation to veterans and active military with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), according to a news release from Operation Warrior Wellness, an outreach campaign sponsored by the David Lynch Foundation.
Lynch is inviting major donors to match the grant, which he hopes will be met by Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, the release says. And Hollywood actors like Russell Brand and Paul McCartney are responding, said Jerry Yellin, co-chair of the initiative that he helped create in March 2010.
Yellin, a World War II veteran, Fairfield resident and author of “The Resilient Warrior, Healing the Hidden Wounds of War,” said he is currently giving four free presentations to 150 veterans in Minnesota on behalf of the campaign.
The 87-year-old said he suffered from PTSD for 30 years before he found Transcendental Meditation (TM), and now talks to veterans, active soldiers and their families about his story and how much it helped him recover.
“These guys are doing exactly what they should be doing and I hope they get their funding,” said Norman Rosenthal, MD, psychiatrist and clinical professor at Georgetown University.
Rosenthal, 61, a researcher on TM and PTSD said, “This very gentle technique had a very powerful effect within a month.”
“It relieves stress, and all of these guys have gone through stress. Big time,” said Yellin of the TM technique.
Yellin said his outreach continues with wife, Helene, and Vietnam veteran Dan Burks, also from Fairfield, to visit military bases, academies and other military organizations.
Thank you, Kathleen, for this inspiring and hopeful story. For more information, visit http://www.operationwarriorwellness.org/.
Also see: Star Tribune: Meditation brings peace to war vets | Medication or Meditation for Veterans with PTSD? | The Chippewa Herald: Soldiers with PTSD may benefit from meditation technique | WEAU13News: Veterans learn about meditation for treating post traumatic stress (includes video) | TwinCities.com Pioneer Press: Ruben Rosario: Recovered veteran’s latest mission: helping those like him | Global Good News: Health: Recovered veteran’s latest mission: helping those like him | Stars and Stripes: Celebrities push for transcendental meditation to treat PTSD
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