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More than 700,000 U.S. veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress (PTS). The David Lynch Foundation's Resilient Warrior program has proven to be a remarkably effective and cost-efficient alternative to conventional approaches, with funding support for research coming from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Less than 20 percent of U.S. veterans suffering from PTSD receive adequate care due to lack of effective treatments, fear of stigma or insufficient resources. Half won’t receive any care at all. Alcoholism, drug use, depression anxiety, sleep disorders, impulsive or even violent behavior and family and employment problems abound. The human cost is enormous. Twenty-one U.S. veterans take their lives every day; more than 7,000 a year.

DLF’s Resilient Warrior program brings Transcendental Meditation® to veterans, active duty personnel, and military families at national and local VA hospitals, military bases and schools. Extensive research confirms what military and their families gratefully report: Twenty minutes of TM, twice a day, dramatically reduces PTSD symptoms, including violent and self-destructive behaviors, while helping to build greater resilience to stress. Our key partners include:

  • Boulder Crest Retreat Center (VA)
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrior Foundation
  • Fort Gordon Eisenhower Army Medical Center Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic (GA)
  • Fort Hamilton Army Base (NY)
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
  • Jericho Project (NY)
  • Marine Corps Camp Pendleton (CA)
  • National Defense University (Washington, D.C.)
  • National Women’s Veterans Association of America
  • New York City Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Norwich University (VT)
  • Samaritan Daytop Village (NY)
  • VA medical centers in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Long Island, Queens, and San Diego
  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Wounded Warrior Project


of veterans stabilized, decreased, or ceased use of psychotropic medications after one month of TM practice – Military Medicine

“TM helps you destress and relax. It takes the edge off. I used to be on 20 pills a day that were prescribed by my medical doctor as the VA – many of which were narcotics that I became addicted to. Now I’m no longer taking any of them, and TM has transformed my life into something sane again.”

Sgt. Lou Tavarez, Special Forces, United States Army
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Every veteran and family member that learns this natural, drug-free meditation technique through the David Lynch Foundation has access to life-long follow-up, free of charge, at TM centers worldwide.

Key results include:

  • 51% reduction in trauma symptoms
  • 42% reduction in depression
  • 52% of veterans experience reduced irritable behavior, angry outbursts, and acting aggressively
  • 95% of meditation veterans report less stress
  • 89% of meditating veterans report improved relationships with family and friends
  • 79% of meditating veterans report improved sleep

In addition, a $2.4 million study commissioned by the Department of Defense at a San Diego VA hospital found that TM is at least as effective in reducing trauma severity as Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy, which requires veterans to re-live their traumatic experiences.

To learn more about the Resilient Warrior Program, please contact:

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