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David Lynch Foundation - Operation Warrior Wellness    Translate This Article
9 September 2011

Filmmaker David Lynch Announces $500,000
Matching Grant
 to Teach Transcendental Meditation
to 10,000 Veterans

Iconic filmmaker David Lynch will announce this September 11 a $500,000 matching grant to be used to teach the Transcendental Meditation technique to 10,000 veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTS) and their families.

Lynch is inviting philanthropists and foundations to match the offer by Veterans Day, November 11, 2011.

Hollywood directors Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, and George Lucas, as well as Dr. Mehmet Oz, Paul McCartney, Jerry Seinfeld, and Russell Brand have joined Lynch in support of the outreach.

Lynch's veterans' initiative comes from Operation Warrior Wellness (OWW), a division of the David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2005 to bring Transcendental Meditation to at-risk populations.

Jerry Yellin, a distinguished World War II fighter pilot and national co-chair of Operation Warrior Wellness, said the need is urgent for Lynch's initiative. ''We are in a crisis of epidemic proportions. More soldiers died from suicide last year than died in combat. This is unconscionable. We must give our active duty personnel and our veterans something more than a handful of pills to help them overcome the nightmare of PTS. Research shows Transcendental Meditation is the best way to go.'

Ed Schloeman, a Marine Vietnam service disabled veteran and national co-chair of Operation Warrior Wellness, says Americans need to help their military, now: ''I call on civilian America to support the men and women who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan—alive but wounded. Let's come together for our military, as they have come together for us.'

Global Good News will continue to feature this press release about the Operation Warrior Wellness initiative from the David Lynch Foundation.

∙ For more information on how to contribute to the matching grant campaign of Operation Warrior Wellness, please contact Heather Hartnett at +1 212-644-9880, or email:

∙ To arrange press interviews with leaders of Operation Warrior Wellness, please contact Steve Yellin at +1 641-455-9999, or email

National Office (US):
654 Madison Avenue, Suite 806
New York, NY 10065
Tel: +1 212-644-9880 ∙

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