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Memorial Day, 2024 Lest We Forget

Over 7,000 U.S. service members and over 8,000 contractors have died in the post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. There are hundreds of thousands of others wounded in visible and invisible ways, misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, all untreated by the VA/DoD for their brain wounds.

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USJAG: Special Update

Nearly half a million Americans serve in the National Guard, with more than 40,000 engaged in missions around the world. But CBS News has uncovered cases where service members say they were injured in the line of duty face an uphill battle to get health benefits and pay.

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New York Times: USMC Blast Injury Update

Dave Philipps, Pulitzer prize-winning and NYT reporter, has filed another report on continuing investigations into BLAST injury. He does it through a look at the US strategy of using firepower to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. “A Secret War, Strange New Wounds, and Silence From the Pentagon” tells a sad tale but neglects a open secret: blast injury has been known for decades to cause brain wounds. “Strange New Wounds” have been known for fifteen years as “THE INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR.”

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Lest We Forget 2023

Pentagon Reports Marines see Highest Suicide Rate since 2011, Navy since 2019. Over 15,000 Americans are estimated to have died in wars since 9/11, with hundreds of thousands wounded in visible and invisible ways: 877,450 brain wounded veterans either misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, all untreated by the VA/DoD for their brain wounds.

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BRAIN WOUND UPDATE #17: Military Suicides: Rates gradually increased from 2011 to 2022

Nothing the DOD Mental Health System of VA does for brain injuries is approved for Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). And TBI has been shown to be a direct contributor to suicidal ideation, amenable to healing with HBOT. A more thorough Suicide Prevention Strategy should report on efforts to properly diagnose and heal brain wounds, across the board.

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VETERAN DIABETIC FOOT ULCERS (DFUs) AMPUTATIONS UPDATE

796,340 Veterans have died from Lower Limb Amputations (LLA) resulting from Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFU) in the past 22-years. This is more than all US Service members Killed in Action in all the U.S. Wars (623,982) since the start of World War I. Hundreds of Thousands of Veterans are Dying Prematurely from Diabetic Foot Ulcer Amputations When a Life-Saving Treatment is Available but Widely Unused by the VHA Read More
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PRESS RELEASE: VETERANS WITH DIABETIC FOOT ULCERS (DFUs) DYING AFTER AVOIDABLE AMPUTATIONS

The underlying tragedy is that the VHA is arbitrarily withholding services to conserve contract expenditures when expending six times the cost in treatments, amputations, surgical, and after care cost. HBOT contract services will provide fewer capital expenditures long-term by including existing hospital-based civilian Community Care Providers in the Diabetic Foot Ulcer Veteran population. Read More
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TBI link to cardiovascular disease in veterans

Younger veterans who sustain traumatic brain injury (TBI) may have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the future, a new study has revealed.  And with the median age of veterans with TBI found to be only 27, the research team said the CVD risk has long-term health implications. Read More
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BLAST Damage and SUICIDAL IDEATION

This Part Three explores BLAST Injury, the role of Hyperbaric Oxygenation in healing brain wounds, eliminating symptoms of suicidal ideation, and the role of brain wound healing in stopping suicides.

For fourteen years, TreatNOW has been focused on trying to prevent service member suicides. This series is part of a continuing appeal to help the DOD/VA do the right things to prevent suicides, especially among combat veterans, particularly SpecOPs where the rates of suicide outpace all others.

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Putting the Brakes on Veteran Suicidal Ideation

2nd in a five-part series on the Implications of HBOT when used to heal brain wounds, eliminate suicidal ideation, restore lives, and save Billions of dollars. The updated UHMS definition of HBOT demands action. We are exploring at least five in this series: the first was the significance of the new/old science and mandatory revisions in scientific facts. This second Blog looks at suicide costs and data, and the action called for by the new science. Read More