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FDNY Commissioner: 'We have to do more' to fight Post-Traumatic Stress
by Global Good News staff writer
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14 August 2012
The recent benefit event for Operation Warrior Wellness in Brooklyn, New York, attracted the support of veterans and first responders as well as government officials. The speakers joined together to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress and its successful treatment using the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique.
Operation Warrior Wellness is a division of the David Lynch Foundation. The event, organized in part by the Foundation, began with an introduction from national co-chair CMS Ed Schloeman, (Ret.) NYANG, USMC.
Mr Schloeman said, 'We're here today at a place where our first American veterans were made. . . . Our mission is to heal the hidden wounds of war, Post-Traumatic Stress.'
One of the subsequent speakers was Salvatore J. Cassano, commissioner of the legendary New York City Fire Department.
Mr Cassano spoke movingly of the sacrifices made by 'first responders' including firefighters, police officers, and other emergency personnel.
'All of us are in this together: our veterans, our first responders. On September 11, when the cowardly terrorists struck the World Trade Center, the first veterans of this war were New York City firefighters, New York City Port Authority police officers. We suffered heavy casualties. In the FDNY we lost 343 members. That was more members than we had lost in the previous 50 years combined.'
Mr Cassano went on to explain the effects of these experiences. 'We were wounded,' he said. 'We were wounded physically and we were wounded psychologically—but the psychological wounds were much harder to detect, and they're still going on today.'
Mr Cassano is aware of how powerful Transcendental Meditation can be in healing those psychological wounds. He urged everyone to support bringing the technique to veterans, soldiers, and first responders who need help.
'Ed [Schloeman] has done a great job putting TM on the map, . . . but we have to do more. We have to contribute in many ways. One person working alone is okay, but all of us working together will really make things happen. If you support the David Lynch Foundation, you can support the first responders and veterans in getting help.'
Mr Cassano concluded, 'I want to thank all of you for being here tonight. Get the word out, tell a friend, tell them what you can do for a veteran or first responder. We need the help.'
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