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NYC conference highlights Transcendental Meditation for military: Overcoming PTSD, preventing suicide

David Lynch Foundation: Operation Warrior Wellness    Translate This Article
14 February 2013

On Monday, February 4th, Operation Warrior Wellness hosted a luncheon conference on ''Overcoming PTSD and Preventing Suicide: An Evidence-based Approach through Meditation in the Military'' at the New York Athletic Club in New York City, USA. The conference followed new reports that 22 veterans die from suicide every day.

Ed Schloeman, CMS (Ret.) NYANG and National Co-Chair of Operation Warrior Wellness

At the conference, combat veterans—P-51 fighter pilot Jerry Yellin, CMS (Ret.) Ed Schloeman, and Afghanistan War veteran Luke Jensen—shared moving accounts of their personal battles with PTSD and, in Mr. Jensen's case, close brushes with suicide. These men were able to triumph over terrible invisible wounds through twice daily practice of Transcendental Meditation.

Richard W. SchneiderNorwich University President, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Richard W. Schneider presents on Transcendental Meditation and resilience.

WATCH VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS from the conference.


Compelling testimony from a panel of experts that included:

∙ Rear Admiral (Ret.) Richard Schneider, President of Norwich University;
∙ Marguerite Meyer, Ed.D., Director of Norwich University's Academic Achievement Center;
∙ Robert Cancro, M.D., Chairman Emeritus of NYU Langone Medical Center; and
∙ Gary Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurology at Hofstra University

—confirmed that the experiences of these courageous men are not unique. In fact, two studies conducted on OEF/OIF and Vietnam War veterans found that PTSD symptoms dropped by nearly half in both populations.

Further, preliminary results from ongoing research at Norwich University find that Transcendental Meditation increases constructive thinking, improves emotional health, and develops greater resilience in future officers.

The compelling data and moving accounts presented at the conference have inspired several national publications to help raise awareness about Transcendental Meditation for veterans.

For example, see the Bloomberg Businessweek account of the February 4 conference.

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