David Lynch Gives $1 Million to Teach Veterans Meditation

An estimated 30-35% of veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). But filmmaker and long-time meditator, David Lynch, is looking to change that.

Just last year I went to a press event where Lynch talked about 'Operation Warrior Wellness', which aimed to teach 10,000 veterans how to meditate. I was moved by some of the veterans who talked about how meditation had changed their lives. WWII veteran, Jerry Yellin, said he "sees the sights and hears the sounds from the war to this day." Although he has a wonderful marriage (he's been married for 59 years!), children, and was successful in business, he said he still couldn't experience fulfillment. That was until in 1975 when his wife "wanted to meditate, which meant I had to learn how to meditate, too." He says this was "the first time I experienced fulfillment." Wow.

At any rate, Lynch is making good on his promise. CBS reports on Lynch's donation, which aims to teach veterans Transcendental Meditation:

The David Lynch Foundation is giving $1 million in grants to teach the meditation technique to active-duty military personnel and veterans and their families suffering from post-traumatic stress.The filmmaker said Friday that the grants are from the Operation Warrior Wellness division of his foundation, which funds meditation instruction for various populations, including inner-city students and jail inmates.

Namaste to that!

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