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Inaugural event in Washington, DC, introduces military veterans to Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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20 August 2013
In Washington, DC, the first of a series of events aimed at helping military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was very successful. The event, sponsored in part by the David Lynch Foundation, aimed to raise awareness of the effective treatment for PTSD provided by Transcendental Meditation (TM).
One of the main organizers of the event was himself a young veteran. James Wilson, who served in the Iraq war, learned Transcendental Meditation after finishing his military career and was inspired to attend Maharishi University of Management and study Maharishi Vedic Science.
The university has started a new programme whereby some of its brightest students serve as interns at Transcendental Meditation centres around the country, helping with various social initiatives that the meditation technique has been found to benefit.
In the case of Mr Wilson, he was enthusiastic to bring Transcendental Meditation to veterans suffering from overwhelming levels of stress.
Mario Orsatti, director of special programmes for the David Lynch Foundation, explained that James helped to contact the military and veterans organizations. He was co-chairman of the kickoff event in the nation's capital, which featured other veterans who had benefitted from Transcendental Meditation, as well as Dr Sarina Grosswald, the head of research for the David Lynch Foundation, who made a scientific presentation.
To generate 'buzz' for the event, Mr Wilson and Dr Grosswald appeared on a primetime nightly news show in the Washington area.
Said the news anchor as he introduced the story, 'War can have lasting psychological effects on veterans—but Transcendental Meditation could be used, and in fact is being used, to treat the invisible scars that afflict many returning US troops.'
He went on to interview both James Wilson and Dr Grosswald about their involvement with, and benefit from, Transcendental Meditation.
Of the six-minute interview, Mr Orsatti said, 'You will see the kind of impact that James's activity had here in Washington and the kind of inspiration that it provided for this very important initial conference.'
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