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

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

On September 11, a $500,000 matching grant has been announced to benefit a national veterans' initiative—Operation Warrior Wellness (OWW), a division of the David Lynch Foundation. Filmmaker David Lynch announced the grant, which will be used to teach the Transcendental Meditation Technique to 10,000 combat veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTS) and their families.

Please see Part I of this article. The press release from the David Lynch Foundation continues:

Evidence-Based Meditation

According to Norman Rosenthal, M.D., psychiatrist, clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School, and author of the New York Times bestseller, Transcendence, research on the Transcendental Meditation technique on OEF-OIF veterans as well as Vietnam veterans demonstrates its effectiveness for reducing symptoms of PTS—and treating a number of the disorders associated with the illness. Findings include:

Reduced PTS: 40 to 50 percent reduction in PTS symptoms, including depression, anxiety, flashbacks, and insomnia (see PTS)

Reduced stress levels and quicker recovery from stress (see Resiliency to stress)

Reduced cardiovascular disease: Decreased blood pressure, harmful cholesterol, and atherosclerosis; and a 47 percent reduction in cardiovascular-related mortality (see Cardiovascular disease)

Decreased substance abuse: Decreased smoking, alcohol, and drug abuse (see Substance abuse)

Decreased medical expenditures: 14 percent reduction in annual medical expenditures, as compared to the norm (see Decreased healthcare utilization)

''Operation Warrior Wellness is giving our dedicated service men and women a meditation technique that is a traumatic stress buster—it's not hocus-pocus,'' said David Lynch. ''When they get this simple, effortless technique they will get their lives back.''

Operation Warrior Wellness is working with veterans' service organizations, army bases, and military colleges to bring Transcendental Meditation to active duty personnel and veterans and their families.

∙ 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 ∙ 654 Madison Avenue ∙ Suite 806 ∙ New York, NY 10065 Tel: 212-644-9880 ∙

News of the veterans' initiative and matching grant has been reported in print, television, radio, and online media nationwide. Global Good News will report more on this news in the coming days.

© Copyright 2011 David Lynch Foundation

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