Eastwood och Lynch lanserar program för att förbättra krigsveteraners välbefinnande

Den 13 december hölls en presskonferens och en gala i New York, för att stödja ett amerikanskt initiativ att lära ut Transcendental Meditation till 10,000 krigsveteraner och deras familjer. Medverka kommer bland annat Clint Eastwood, David Lynch och Russel Brand att göra. Läs mer i detta pressmeddelande (engelska) Se videorna ifrån evenemanget på http://www.livestream.com/davidlynch Läs pressmeddelandet inför evenemanget nedan: Eastwood and Lynch launch Operation Warrior Wellness to teach 10,000 veterans to meditate Clint Eastwood is a 40-year practitioner of Transcendental Meditation who is partnering with David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Oliver Stone to support Operation Warrior Wellness. Clint Eastwood and David Lynch along with a panel of researchers, veterans and active duty soldiers will launch “Operation Warrior Wellness”—a national initiative to teach 10,000 veterans and their families a simple meditation practice for preventing and treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The launch on Monday, December 13, will highlight a conference on the research and applications of Transcendental Meditation for PTSD, to be held at the Paley Center for Media in New York at 11 am (ET), and webcast live at www.livestream.com/davidlynch. Mr. Eastwood will appear via video. Joining Eastwood and Lynch in person will be British comedian Russell Brand, a David Lynch Foundation supporter. Hundreds of thousands of vets suffer from PTSD An estimated 30% to 35% of the 1.64 million U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since October 2001 meet DSM-IV criteria for PTSD. Almost half of all veterans with PTSD have never sought help of any kind, and of those who do, half receive inadequate treatment. Care for all these veterans could cost society between $4.0 and $6.2 billion biannually. Researchers will present evidence showing that Transcendental Meditation can be an effective aid for veterans suffering from combat stress and PTSD, including anxiety, depression, anger episodes, hypervigilance, insomnia, and substance abuse. Meditating veterans from World War II, Vietnam, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan will report on how Transcendental Meditation has aided their recovery from PTSD. IMAGE: During a news conference on Dec. 13, filmmaker David Lynch will launch Operation Warrior Wellness — a national initiative to teach Transcendental Meditation to 10,000 veterans with PTSD and their… Click here for more information. Operation Warrior Wellness partnering with veterans organizations Operation Warrior Wellness is currently working in partnership with national and local veterans groups, the Doe Fund for homeless veterans in New York City, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Hope for the Warriors, and Urban Zen. “When I heard that 18 veterans commit suicide every day, and that more soldiers have died by committing suicide than die in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, I knew the Foundation had to do something to help,’ Mr. Lynch said. “Operation Warrior Wellness is raising the funds to teach 10,000 veterans with PTSD and their families to meditate. But that is just the beginning. There are hundreds of thousands of suffering vets—and everyone of them should be able to learn to meditate if they want to.” “Change Begins Within” Benefit Event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art The David Lynch Foundation is hosting its second annual “Change Begins Within” benefit gala on December 13 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Funds raised during the gala will help fund Operation Warrior Wellness. See www.ChangeBeginsWithin.org. The Foundation was established in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) to provide scholarships for instruction in Transcendental Meditation for at-risk individuals—inner-city youth, veterans, American Indians on reservations, and incarcerated adults and youth. To date, the Foundation has funded 150,000 people to meditate. Panelists to speak at the conference:
  • Clint Eastwood
  • David Lynch
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Russell Brand
  • Colonel Brian M. Rees, M.D., M.P.H., command surgeon, 63d Regional Support Command, with 34 years of commissioned military service, who recently completed his fourth deployment in Afghanistan. Col. Rees serves as co-chair of Operation Warrior Wellness.
  • Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., senior researcher in psychiatry and psychobiology for 20 years at the National Institute of Mental Health; clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School, who conducted research on TM and Iraq veterans with PTSD.
  • John Hagelin, Ph.D., Harvard-trained quantum physicist who has led an international scientific investigation over the past 25 years into the applications of Transcendental Meditation for health and education; president of the David Lynch Foundation.
  • James Krag, M.D., recent president of the Psychiatric Society of Virginia and currently clinic psychiatrist with the Veterans Administration.
  • Sarina Grosswald, Ed.D., George Washington University-trained cognitive learning specialist and published researcher on the effects of TM on PTSD and ADHD.
  • Jerry Yellin, A P-51 pilot in WWII who flew 19 missions over Japan, and was victimized by PTSD for 25 years before learning to meditate in 1975. Mr. Yellin is a member of the Military Writers Society of America; author of three award-winning books, and honorary board member of the Iwo Jima Association of America. Jerry serves as co-chair of Operation Warrior Wellness.
  • Ed Schloeman, Vietnam vet
  • Dan Burks, Vietnam vet
  • Lt. Col. Brenda Marlinbanks, Iraq vet
  • David George, Iraq vet
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