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Operation Warrior Wellness: Compelling personal stories, scientific research help get the word out
by Global Good News staff writer
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14 August 2012
Operation Warrior Wellness, an organization dedicated to providing relief to the millions who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress, recognizes that there are two effective ways to get their message across.
The first, and one employed often at a recent benefit event in New York City, involves PTS sufferers relating their own stories. At the event, veterans, military personnel, first responders such as police and firefighters, and family members all shared their experiences of finally finding relief from Post-Traumatic Stress by utilizing Transcendental Meditation.
One veteran, Luke Jensen from Iowa, USA, shared his experience with the audience via video.
'His life was saved by the practice of Transcendental Meditation,' commented Adam Pressman, director of video production for the David Lynch Foundation, parent organization of Operation Warrior Wellness. Mr Pressman has worked closely with many vets and other participants in making films about the programme. 'He was so depressed and so upset from the Post-Traumatic Stress that he had tried to take his own life. And nothing that he had done, whatever therapies and treatments, could lift him out of that state.'
Jerry Yellin, Operation Warrior Wellness co-chair and a WWII veteran himself, read about Jensen and offered him, his wife, and daughter scholarship assistance to learn Transcendental Meditation.
'It completely changed his life,' Mr Pressman said.
In addition to sharing stories that touch the hearts of audience members, Operation Warrior Wellness also draws on scientific research in documenting for individuals, as well as military and government organizations, the efficacy of Transcendental Meditation.
The Operation Warrior Wellness website features some of the research findings, including:
∙ Reduced PTS: 40-50% reduction in PTS symptoms, including depression
∙ Greater resiliency: Reduced stress levels and quicker recovery from stress
∙ Reduced cardiovascular disease: Decreased blood pressure, harmful cholesterol, and atherosclerosis; and 47% reduction in cardiovascular-related mortality
∙Decreased substance abuse: Decreased smoking, alcohol, and drug abuse
∙ Decreased medical expenditures: 14% reduction in annual medical expenditures, as compared to the norm.
'The results are amazing,' Mr Pressman concluded, and provide Operation Warrior Wellness with compelling evidence to help get the message out to those most in need of hearing it.
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