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NOMINATE A VETERAN

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Veterans Suffering with TBI & PTS 

More than 800,000 Veterans returning home from current conflicts have debilitating brain injury and many more Veterans from Vietnam still battle symptoms from brain injury incurred 40+ years ago. 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a proven safe and effective treatment for traumatic brain injury in its many forms. It reduces inflammation (edema being a primary cause of tissue damage and pain); reperfuses the vascular system in the damaged tissue with oxygen and nutrients essential to healing (important everywhere but especially in the frontal lobe where higher order cognition occurs); and activates the immune system triggering stem cells to generate new tissue. 

This is one injury with many names: traumatic brain injury; concussion; post-concussion syndrome (concussion not healed); post-traumatic stress (diagnosed brain damage not attributable to direct impact or explosive blast); and traumatic brain injury (brain damage from direct trauma or explosive blast).

Concussion has a constellation of devastating symptoms: persistent headache, nausea, dizziness, loss of balance, loss of short-term memory, sleeplessness, nightmares, depression, loss of executive function, sensitivity to light or sound or both, anger, rage and many, many more.

These symptoms are most often treated symptomatically with pharmaceuticals which do not address the underlying injury. In addition, we know some prescription drugs taken in combination can lead to depression, addiction and abuse.

The Veterans Administration cites traumatic brain injury as a leading cause of Veteran suicide, now estimated at 20 to 22 a day although many believe that number understates the problem.

 

  Veteran Marine – Nick Santoro shares his story healing with HBOT

Unfortunately, the Veterans Administration does not currently recognize hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a treatment for traumatic brain injury. That means VA and other leading insurers do not reimburse for this service. This leaves Veterans suffering from this debilitating injury to pay with cash or charitable donations.  

To honor our great heroes, it has been our goal to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy, free of charge, to two Veterans annually. 

This holiday season, we are teaming up with the National Hyperbaric Association and a wonderful charity called Walking Point for PTS & TBI, to assist in reaching out to the community to seek nominations for a Veteran suffering with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) to receive an initial protocol of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (40 treatments).  Nominations are to be sent via email to info@o2oaisis no later than January 15, 2018 and must include the information outlined below.  Two Veterans will be selected from the list of nominees by the founders of Walking Point for PTS & TBI  (Liz & Chuck Rotenberry) on Wednesday January 31, 2018.  

            Chuck & Liz Rotenberry                          

Every effort will be made to find funding for all nominees not selected so they may also receive this treatment.

YOUR EMAIL SUBMISSION MUST INCLUDE:

  • Veteran’s name and year of birth
  • Information about the Veteran’s injury if applicable 
  • Describe his/her symptoms and the impact they have had on : 1) his/her life; 2) work/school; 3) family
  • How the diagnosis of TBI and/or PTSD was obtained
  • Copy of his/her DD-214
  • Confirmation that your nominee will be able to sign the following Code of Conduct

CODE OF CONDUCT

In order for your nominee to be treated, it is imperative that he/she agree to the following:

  • Obtain a Brain PET Scan pre & post 40 treatments*.  This is an imaging test of the brain. It shows how the brain and its tissues are working.  MRI & CT scans only reveal the structure of the brain. We will guide the Veteran where to obtain this test.
  • Attend the prescribed number of HBOT treatments, on a weekly basis – no less than 3x/week
  • Honestly and accurately describe his/her experiences and results as observed
  • Provide video testimonials describing his/her experience 
  • Keep confident all personal information that he/she may acquire during treatments or interaction with other hyperbaric patients
  • Be courteous and respectful of other hyperbaric patients and staff in the treatment facility
  • Abstain from drinking alcohol and using tobacco on the days of treatment (ideally for the duration of all 40  treatments

*If your insurance will not cover the cost of the Brain PET Scan, Walking Point for PTS & TBI has generously agreed to pay for the test. 

For information about hyperbaric oxygen therapy for Veterans suffering with TBI/PTS, please click here

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