One in four, of the soldiers who were in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some also suffer from depression and substance abuse related to PTSD. Meditation has already been recognized by the military as having a healing potential for PTSD.
A study partly funded by the Department of Defense found meditation training could benefit soldiers. The study of 48 soldiers found those who participated in an eight week mindfulness course, had better moods, memory, and emotional awareness than the ones without the training. One soldier 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.”
They have initiated ‘Operation Warrior Wellness’, a plan to teach meditation to 10,000 ex-soldiers.
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