Veterans to Learn Meditation

Filmmaker David Lynch has donated one million dollars for the teaching of meditation to U.S. military veterans. About 20-30% of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffer from PTSD. Some also suffer from depression and substance abuse related to PTSD.

Called ‘Operation Warrior Wellness’, the project aims to teach meditation to 10,000 veterans. Meditation has already been recognized by the military as having a healing potential for PTSD. One Iraq War veteran who tried meditation said, “From the first time I did it, I knew it was what I would do for the rest of my life. It was the first time I felt quiet in my mind for five years.” (Source: ABCNEWS)

A study partly funded by the Department of Defense found meditation training prior to battle could also benefit soldiers. The study of 48 soldiers found those who participated in an eight week mindfulness course before deployment in Iraq, had better moods, memory, and emotional awareness than the ones without the training.

Lynch has been meditating for decades, and is a Transcendental Meditation enthusiast. “With meditation, we have a treasure within. We get happier, and things get very, very good,” he said at the Operation Warrior Wellness press conference. (Source:

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Excellent article.

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago


Barbara DeFratis
Barbara DeFratis6 years ago

If this can help cure PTSD, then I say--go for it. The only question is can it be taught to dogs too. After all, the way I understand it. Many war dogs are also returning from the service with PTSD along with the human soldiers.

Tracy C.
Tracy C.6 years ago

TM is a wonderful tool to help relieve stress and the symptoms from PTSD - I have found great relief this way. The more troops that learn TM the better.

Doyle Osburn
Doyle Osburn6 years ago

cool I like is also a reminder to calm my mind with a little meditation. Everything and anything that will help people. I'm so glad someone has donated for this type of training.

Marianna B M.

very generous, i hope it helps

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog6 years ago

This is fabulous! Just in conjunction with this, mindfulness meditation is now also being taught in Indian prisons for the convicts, and apparently it's having wonderful effects!

Kamryn M.
Kay M6 years ago


Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

Awesome...there are different modalities that can de-stress the body, mind, and soul. Meditation---free and very healing. Go for it!