This website is dedicated to the loving memory of Meghan (Shortt) Wilent.
Meghan’s Foundation was conceived and created by many of her family and friends who knew and loved her.
Our overall mission is to cultivate in ourselves Meghan’s best qualities of compassion and caring, and to invite others to do the same by participating in Meghan’s Foundation activities through volunteering and making financial donations so that we might achieve the Foundation’s goals.
Our primary objective is to create awareness, and develop programs of yoga and meditation to support our war veterans experiencing symptoms of PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder]. It is because Meghan’s father is a Marine Corp Vietnam veteran and her husband is an Operation Enduring Freedom [OEF] veteran that this cause was so important to her.
PTSD is a physical and mental health condition which develops following a traumatic event or a sustained traumatic time period such as war. It is estimated that 1 in 3 veterans, from all wars, experience some form of PTSD, whether formally diagnosed or not. Since 2001, 2.3 million Americans have served in a war zone, and many of those service members have returned or are returning from deployment. It is estimated that 400,000 have symptoms related to PTSD. Symptoms may not appear for years, or can come and go, and can include intrusive thoughts, avoidant/numbing symptoms, anxiety, withdrawal from family and society, hyper-vigilance, physical pain, and many more, to the extent that the symptoms interfere with everyday activities and relationships. There are a number of studies which have demonstrated the beneficial effects of both yoga and meditation for those who are experiencing PTSD symptoms. [See the PTSD page on the website]. From the Veterans Administration to the Pentagon, yoga and meditation programs for veterans are becoming commonplace, and proving themselves to be effective.
It is with your kindness, compassion and financial aid that we can help to address the ongoing issue of PTSD for our veterans.
Meghan’s Foundation Board of Directors
Thom Shortt – President & Chairman of Board
Holly Freed – Vice President & Vice Chair
Joseph & Eleanor Ochotny – Treasurer
Michael Apa – Secretary