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- Boulder Crest Retreat
Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness, in western Virginia, is the nation's first privately-funded wellness center dedicated exclusively to combat veterans and their families.
- Col. Brian Rees at Operation Warrior Wellness press conference (6 min)
For information on the David Lynch Foundation's Operation Warrior Wellness program visit http://www.operationwarriorwellness.org/
- David Lynch Foundation - Operation Warrior Wellness
"Since its initial launch in 2010, the OWW initiative has partnered with leading veterans service organizations, Army and Marine bases and VA medical centers across the country to deliver the Resilient Warrior Program to veterans, active-duty personnel and military families in need. The initiative also partners with military colleges to create a new generation of more resilient officers."
- Iowa Veterans Summit - The Resilient Warrior Program
Des Moines, Iowa. October 11, 2012
Presenters included RADM (Ret.) Richard W. Schneider, President of Norwich University; Jerry Yellin, P-51 Fighter Pilot and National Co-Chair of Operation Warrior Wellness; Col. Brian Rees, M.D., Command Surgeon for the 63rd Regional Support Command and Luke Jensen, Operation Enduring Freedom veteran.
- Jennifer Strauss and Ariel Lang - Complementary and Alternative Treatments for PTSD
Complementary and Alternative Treatments for PTSD
Jennifer L. Strauss and Ariel J. Lang
PTSD Research Quarterly 2012;23(2):
- Luke Jensen - My life is back (5:50)
- Remarks by Former Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould
David Lynch Foundation
May 3, 2012
- Soldiers meditate as alternative therapy
Soldiers meditate as alternative therapy
By Wesley Elliott, DDEAMC Public Affairs Officer
Fort Gordon, The Signal
- Supriya Vidic, Former Sergeant, US Army
6-year U.S. Army veteran, Supriya Vidic learned TM, attended Maharishi University of Management, and is earning a masters degree at Columbia University
- Wounded Marines train from the inside with Transcendental Meditation (4 min)
Sgt James Thrasher, USMC
GySgt Richard Wilson, USMC
Anna Benson, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Lt Col Paul Swanson, USMC Ret, Advisor
- Training from the Inside: Treating PTSD with Transcendental Meditation (4 min
Same as preceding video plus text summary
- Veterans Administration / Veterans
- Wounded Warrior Project Awards $125,000 to DLF Veterans Initiative
The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) has received a $125,000 grant from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to provide the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique to veterans who are affected by combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Melvin Brown’s journey from substance abuse and insomnia
Giving Veterans What They Need the Most: Healing Trauma by Rose Hoffmann on November 10, 2015 Click play to see Melvin Brown’s journey from substance abuse and insomnia to learning the Transcendental Meditation technique and finding peace.
- FoxNews - US veterans find combat-related stress relief in holistic-medicine retreat
US veterans find combat-related stress relief in holistic-medicine retreat Melinda Carstensen, FoxNews.com, November 11, 2015 "At Boulder Crest Retreat, a wellness center in Bluemont, Va. that uses holistic medicine to help form bonds among veterans with combat-related stress, Kaufmann got to do just that. In September, he participated in their Warrior PATHH program, a seven-day retreat that combines group therapies and activities to prepare veterans with combat-related stress to lead happier, more productive civilian lives. Today, he says his marriage is stronger, his sleep is better, and his mind is clearer. "'We learned Transcendental Meditation,' Kaufmann said. 'The first session that I had, I started crying, and [the teacher] said, "Are you OK?" and I said, 'This is the first time in probably 10 years that the music and the forces and the images have stopped … it was that good.'"
- Congress Blog - Use a treatment for PTSD that actually works
Use a treatment for PTSD that actually works USA Col. Brian Rees (ret.), MD, MPH, David O'Connell, PhD, and David Leffler, PhD Congress Blog - The Hill, December 8, 2015
- Transcendental Meditation may reduce PTSD symptoms, medication use in active-duty personnel
January 11, 2016 Source: Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University Summary: Regular practice of Transcendental Meditation enables some active duty service members battling post-traumatic stress disorder to reduce or even eliminate their psychotropic medication and get better control of their often-debilitating symptoms, researchers report.
- Northwell Health Researching the Effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Veterans (3 min with text)
March 21, 2016 BAY SHORE, NY -- On the heels of a successful study of the effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM) on PTSD at the Army’s Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Fort Gordon, Georgia, Northwell Health, formerly the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is running an experimentally designed study to test the effectiveness of TM on combat veterans.
- VA testing whether meditation can help treat PTSD
Steve Vogel, Washington Post, May 4, 2012 VA is spending about $5 million on a dozen clinical trials and demonstration studies of three meditation techniques involving several hundred veterans from a range of conflicts, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Founding of Operation Warrior Wellness (78 min)
Jerry Yellin explains the origin of Operation Warrior Wellness, and many others recount their experiences and knowledge
- June 7, 2017 hearing by the U.S. House of Representatives Veterans' Affairs Committee
- TM for Veterans website
The mission of TM® for Veterans is to heal the effects of military-related stress and to promote resilience and peak performance among service personnel and their families so they are better able to thrive and unfold their full potential through practice of the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique.
- Katy Perry speaks with veterans about the healing effects of TM
TM Home, June 21, 2017 To kick off the release of her brand-new album Witness, Katy Perry did something curious: she livestreamed her life for 96 hours on YouTube. During the event named Witness World Wide, 49 million fans from 190 different countries tuned in to see Perry eat, sleep, meditate, play with her dog, hang around with friends, undergo a therapy session and talk about things that matter to her. Perry dedicated one of the segments of the livestream to exploring the issue of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans and how it can be relieved with the help of Transcendental Meditation (TM).
- Exploring the Science of Meditation on Trauma, Stress, and the Brain: Military Panel (33 min)
Leading experts in the field of military and veteran health, including Dusty Baxley, John L. Rigg, M.D., William Stixrud Ph.D., and Dave Zobeck discuss the benefits of utilizing TM in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. (Segment from 2-hour webcast National Summit: Exploring the science of meditation on trauma, stress, and the brain, December 8, 2016
- The Transcendental Meditation Program’s Impact on the Symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder of Veterans: An Uncontrolled Pilot Study
Robert E Herron, Ph.D., MBA Brian Rees, M.D., MPH, MC, USAR (Ret.) Military Medicine, Volume 183, Issue 1-2, 1 January 2018, Pages e144–e150, https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usx059 Published: 29 December 2017 From the Abstract Methods: A one-group pretest–posttest design was used to evaluate the impact of TM practice on reducing PTSD symptoms. A convenience sample of 89 veterans completed PTSD Checklist-Civilian (PCL-5) questionnaires. Among those, 46 scored above 33, the threshold for provisional diagnosis of PTSD, and were included in this evaluation. The PCL-5 measured PTSD symptoms at baseline and 30 and 90 d after intervention. Regularity of TM practice was recorded. Paired sample t-tests were used to assess within-group changes from baseline to post-intervention periods. Analysis of variance was used to compare full-dose (two 20-min TM sessions per day) and half-dose (one 20-min TM session per day) groups. Findings: After 1 mo of TM practice, all 46 veterans responded; their PCL-5 average decreased from 51.52 in the pre-intervention period to a post-intervention mean of 23.43, a decline of 28.09 points (−54.5%); standard deviation: 14.57; confidence interval: 23.76–32.41; and effect size: −1.93; p < 0.0001. The median PTSD scores declined from 52.5 to 22.5, a decrease of 30 points (−57%), while 40 veterans (87%) had clinically significant declines (>10 points) in PTSD symptoms, and 37 (80%) dropped below the clinical level (<33). At the 90 d posttest, 31 of the 46 responded and three more dropped below the 33 threshold. Intent-to-treat analyses revealed clinically and statistically significant effects. A dose–response effect suggested a causal relationship. The full-dose group exhibited larger mean declines in PTSD symptoms than the half-dose group. Averages of the 46 veterans’ responses to 20 PCL-5 questions exhibited significant (p < 0.0001) declines from the pre-intervention period to the 30-d post-intervention assessment.
- Research studies