Despite measures to increase support for veterans, suicide rates have continued to rise to record levels, with almost a third receiving care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at the time of their death.
Can the Transcendental Meditation technique help?
Just watch the video below and see what you think.
''I deal with pain every day. I have nerve problems in my leg and the PTSD that the doctors diagnosed me with. Functioning becomes impossible—lack of sleep, . . . you can't focus at work, you can't do anything. . . . Memories saturate your mind. For me every day is a constant reminder . . . .
''I was interested in the TM program but I was skeptical at the same time. The power of the TM meditation—it really came out fast, and it was surprising to me. Having that inner peace after meditation really emboldened me to deal with things that I'd been just kind of stuffing away. To be able to have relief from agitation, have relief from anger, frustration, sleeplessness, alcoholism, drug addiction . . . that's huge.''
Global Good News will continue to feature excerpts from this video transcript, with other U.S. Marines and administrators describing how the Transcendental Meditation technique helps alleviate post-traumatic stress.
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For more information about the David Lynch Foundation's initiatives to provide training in the TM technique for all veterans suffering from PTSD, go to OperationWarriorWellness.org.