Military Suicide: Take 3

Current suicide prevention training advises “If you see something, say something.” Instructors should also advise: “If you have a brain injury, get Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Functional Medicine protocols to heal the wound to your brain.

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State RESOLUTION for HBOT at National Level

Through our joint efforts, we can make a difference and have our voices heard in Washington that TBI Veterans have earned the right to HBOT treatment. Feel free to use the attached letters to draft your own resolutions or share within your legislative groups.

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Military Suicide: Take 2

The latest iteration of the USAF suicide prevention training. (USAF VR) The thought is that Virtual Reality is a more effective intervention to get service members to help their battle buddies stop suicidal ideation and behavior. Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD and Post-Concussive Syndrome are behind too many suicides. Hoping for brain damage and deterioration to go away or somehow become more manageable is a recipe for more suicides. Treat brain wounds using Hyperbaric Oxygenation (HBOT) and other proven safe and effective therapies.

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Burn Pits Protocol

The “presumption of service connection” designation has not been established by the VA for Gulf War Syndrome, nor for damage from Burn Pits. A Bill making its way through Congress dubbed the Veterans Right to Breathe Act seeks to presume a service connection for nine conditions related to veterans’ burn pit exposure.

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Lest We Forget

To care for them who shall have borne the battle, and for their partners, and their orphans. US and allied service members are set to be out of Afghanistan by early to mid-July, well ahead of President Biden’s Sept. 11 deadline. Over 8,000 American service members are estimated to have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, with hundreds of thousands wounded in visible and invisible ways.

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Military Suicides Up 25% Q4 2020

While current numbers are not available from the VA, a similar increase would be 22 veteran suicides a day, or an annual total of over 8,000 tragedies. Irrespective of when the count begins, more veterans are committing suicide each year than died in Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts since 9/11.

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HBOT helps get Riders Back in the Saddle

In December of 2020, career equestrian Jenn Miller was involved in a freak accident on a Florida farm and suffered her second major traumatic brain injury. The Equestrian Aid Foundation partnered with the Help Our Wounded Foundation (HOW), a South Florida-based nonprofit that funds medical grade hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments for people with brain injuries, to help Jenn through her recovery and back into the saddle.

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VA Announces Listening sessions to guide VA SSG Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program

The SSG Fox SPGP, created pursuant to Section 201 of the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019, is a three-year community-based grant program that would provide financial assistance to eligible entities to provide or coordinate providing suicide prevention services to eligible Veterans and their families

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VA seeks feedback to guide new suicide prevention grant program

We received this today from SEN Hoeven’s office. We in the community have battled over the use of the word

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Congressional Focus on VA: HBOT for TBI

“One of my top priorities in the last Congress was the implementation of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for veterans,” said Senator Cramer. “I have seen real benefits from this innovative therapy. I’ve met dozens of veterans who have used it, as well as athletes and others.”

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