Edward Schloeman, co-chair of Operation Warrior Wellness and President and CEO of Fidelis Services Group, is being honored with the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award, for his outstanding service to our returning soldiers.
Operation Warrior Wellness is a David Lynch Foundation initiative which teaches Transcendental Meditation to veterans, active military personnel and first responders — as well as their families —who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Fidelis is a Certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business which offers General Construction and Life Safety services.
At a February Operation Warrior Wellness luncheon that was covered by BloombergBusinessweek, Schloeman recounted his personal battle with PTSD. He was joined at the event, titled “Overcoming PTSD and Preventing Suicide: An Evidence-based Approach through Meditation in the Military,” by P-51 fighter pilot Jerry Yellin and Afghanistan war veteran Luke Jensen, Jensen having had close brushes with suicide.
It started based on a friendship between Yellin and Schloeman, two veterans who met in March 2010 on the Island of Iwo Jima to commemorate the battle that was fought there during WWII. Jerry had been a P-51 fighter pilot in WWII and Ed Schloeman had been a Marine in the Vietnam War. It was friendship at first handshake and when the two met again in Florida, Ed discovered that Jerry practiced TM.
Transcendental Meditation had been a part of Jerry’s life since the 1970s; he found that TM radically reduced the effects of traumatic stress that were governing his life. Ed was intrigued and started to practice TM himself. Sure enough he too was amazed by the massive improvement TM made on his life. Thus the inspiration to share this technique with other military personnel, veterans and their families was born.
Ed is a retired Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) fromthe NY Air National Guard (1973-1995) and a Marine Vietnam Disabled Veteran (Sgt) serving from 1960 to 1966.
Ed’s career was with companies such as NYNEX (Verizon), Telco Systems and other telecommunication companies before starting his own business in 2008. He received many business awards for his sales leadership skills and accomplishments.
CMS (ret) Schloeman holds Life Memberships in: Enlisted Association of the New York National Guard, Enlisted Association of the United States, Marine Corps League, Rotary Club of North Hills, the Iwo Jima Association, and the former Northeast Regional Director of The ELITE SDVOB of America.
Some of his military decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Medal, Air Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Naval Unit Commendation and Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Ribbon and NY State Military Commendation Medal.
Ed is married for 50 years to Judith Ann whose children are Catherine Syslo (CPA and homemaker), LTCol Edward Schloeman Jr, USAF ( F-15/C-5/C-17 Pilot) and NYPD Lt. Robert Schloeman.