Operation Warrior Wellness:
building resilience and healing the
hidden wounds of war

The nightmare of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Many Armed Forces veterans find it difficult to reintegrate into society. The large number of military personnel with PTSD, the shortage of effective treatment options, and the high cost of care, urgently call for more effective treatment approaches.

The symptoms of military PTSD include flashbacks, nightmares, anger, and depression. Left untreated, PTSD placing veterans at a higher risk of long-term physiological problems leading to:

  • Alcoholism or drug abuse
  • Anxiety or emotional numbness
  • Family and employment problems
  • Homelessness
  • Suicide

View the Operation Warrior Wellness Brochure

Creating resilient warriors

Operation Warrior Wellness (OWW), a division of the David Lynch Foundation USA, offers the Transcendental Meditation-based Resilient Warrior Programme, a simple, easy-to-learn, evidence-based approach to relieving symptoms of PTSD and major depression and developing greater resilience to stress.

Since its initial launch in 2010, the OWW initiative has partnered with veterans service organisations in the UK and USA including Army and Marine bases and VA medical centres in the USA to deliver the Resilient Warrior Programme 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.

Evidence-based relief from the epidemic of mental injury

The TM-based Resilient Warrior Programme has been extensively researched by over 340 peer-reviewed studies, including over $26 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health in the USA to study the programme’s effectiveness for reducing heart disease. Key findings include:

  • 40-55% reduction in symptoms of PTSD and depression
  • 42% decrease in insomnia
  • 30% improvement in satisfaction with quality of life
  • 25% reduction in plasma cortisol levels
  • Decreased high blood pressure–on par with first-line antihypertensives
  • 47% reduced risk of cardiovascular-related mortality

View references for these findings

You can help our courageous veterans

Veterans and their families are waiting eagerly—often desperately—to gain the very real, practical benefits that come from this simple, stress-reducing, health-promoting technique. Please help sponsor a veteran today