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Military Leaders to Promote Meditation at Iowa Summit to Help Reduce Veteran Suicide Epidemic

October 4, 2012

 Military Leaders Promote Meditation to Reduce Suicide
Epidemic Among Veterans

VA Funds Studies on PTSD; Iowa Summit to Showcase Benefits

Eighteen veterans commit suicide every day—
a horrific consequence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
More veterans die by suicide every year than are killed annually in Iraq and Afghanistan.

New York, NY — October 4, 2012: America’s veterans and their families are turning to meditation to ease the trauma of combat and pave the way to a healthier life.

The David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity founded by iconic filmmaker David Lynch to bring Transcendental Meditation to at-risk populations, will hold an Iowa Veterans Summit on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the West Des Moines Marriott. A press avail will take place at 10:00 A.M., followed by the Veterans Summit from 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.

The Summit will present the research and clinical applications of Transcendental Meditation for reducing stress, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and suicide, depression and enhancing resilience and performance.

The Washington Post reported in May that the Department of Veterans Affairs, seeking new ways to treat PTSD, is studying the use of Transcendental Meditation to help returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of veterans have learned Transcendental Meditation. Research on veterans who meditate has shown that the technique not only reduces the psychosocial symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, but also balances serotonin and norepinephrine, and regulates the sympathetic nervous system. Transcendental Meditation is used on the oldest private military campus, Norwich University.

Panelists at The Iowa Veterans Summit include: Dr. Richard W. Schneider, USCGR (Ret.), President, Norwich University; Jerry Yellin, World War II P-51 Fighter Pilot and National Co-Chair, Operation Warrior Wellness; Col. Brian Rees, M.D., Command Surgeon, 63rd Regional Support Command and Luke Jensen, Operation Enduring Freedom veteran and Operation Warrior Wellness (OWW)–Iowa Advisory Board Member. All panelists have extensive experience in using Transcendental Meditation.        

Bob Roth, the Executive Director of The David Lynch Foundation, stated, “It is imperative that we help veterans and the brave men and women still in active-duty deal with the stress that stays with them long after they have returned home. Transcendental Meditation is a wonderful tool that can help those overcome the stress and anxiety from the theater of war, allowing them to lead healthier, more resilient lives.”

Todd M. Jacobus, the Chair of the Iowa Commission of Veteran Affairs, also stated, “Reducing the number of suicides among our Army personnel and veterans today is a top priority of the Army community. Commanders and leaders at all levels of our U.S. Armed Forces are making efforts to remain engaged in the lives of our Soldiers in order to be responsive to their needs and issues, and to get them help. However, these efforts can’t succeed without the involvement of the greater community, including programs like Operation Warrior Wellness, and the Resilient Warrior Program.”

WHAT: Presentations will highlight program outcomes for active-duty military personnel, veterans, cadets and their families. Those invited include military and Veterans Affairs leadership, behavioral health officers, mental health professionals caring for veterans and their families, policy makers, medical researchers and educators.

WHO: Dr. Richard W. Schneider, RADM USCGR (Ret.), President, Norwich University; Jerry Yellin, World War II P-51 Fighter Pilot and National Co-Chair, Operation Warrior Wellness; Col. Brian Rees, M.D., Command Surgeon, 63rd Regional Support Command and Luke Jensen, OEF veteran and OWW–Iowa Advisory Board Member   

WHERE: West Des Moines Marriott, 1250 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa

WHEN: Thursday, October 11, 2012

10:00 A.M.: Press avail

12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.: Lunch

1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.: Veterans Summit

You can view the event brochure by visiting,

To arrange an interview with Bob Roth or Jerry Yellin, please contact Ken Chawkin at 641-470-1314 or

About The David Lynch Foundation
The David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2005 to fund the implementation of scientifically proven stress-reducing modalities including Transcendental Meditation, for at-risk populations such as underserved inner-city students; veterans with PTSD and their families; American Indians suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high suicide rates; homeless men participating in reentry programs striving to overcome addictions; and incarcerated juveniles and adults. For more information, please visit


Reported in The Gazette: Summit in Iowa to promote meditation to reduce suicide among veterans. Radio Iowa: Veteran shares story in hopes of helping others deal with impact of war and Matt Kelley of Radio Iowa interviews Jerry Yellin about an Iowa Veterans Summit solution to PTSD

Here is a newly published Letter to the Editor of the Air Force Times by Dr. Leffler and Dr. Schneider: TM CAN SLOW AGING EFFECT. Also see: Norwich University Studies the Benefits of TM on Cadets.

See video highlights of the Iowa Veterans Summit – PTSD and Transcendental Meditation

Fairfield Resident Helps Veterans Recover

September 10, 2011

Eastern Iowa News Now

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.

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Ken Chawkin says:
September 10, 2011 at 10:39 am

Thank you, Kathleen, for this inspiring and hopeful story. For more information, visit

Also seeStar 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) | 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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