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PTSD/TBI

 

Anyone searching for assistance with PTSD or TBI yourself or if you have a family member or friend who is suffering, I hope this page can help you find the steps to start living a Free life with purpose, passion and love for each other.

First of all, if you or a Veteran you know are in an emotional crisis, please contact the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 for Veterans. For more information or to speak with the Indianapolis VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator please call 317-988-3213.

Links:

  • Silouan Green, is an amazing individual who has lived through PTSD and is out there helping to bring others back from the darkness. He is a speaker, author, song writer among many other things and his website has several positive ways to help one start over coming PTSD. His Ladder UPP workshops are amazing and he is always looking to do more. He is working with Easter Seals Crossroads, The Cost of Freedom and many other groups who are needing help to live. Silouan travels all across the country speaking with Doctors, nurses, Veterans, Military, Prisoners, drug addicts, Police, EMT’s and Firemen making a difference in their lives and he can do the same for you. Look him up and find a way to reach out to him or let Me know and I will reach Silouan.. Here is a link to a great book that also can help Sycamore Hill. Remember, you are not alone.
  • HelpGuide.org - PTSD in Military veterans, a trusted guide to mental, emotional & social health issues with symptoms, treatment and self-help to recover from PTSD.
  • Community Provider Tool Kit for PTSD - Provides Symptoms of PTSD and gives links to educational materials and training. Sort of a mini-clinic for local clinicians on how to understand and help treat those with PTSD.
  • Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric Institute Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment has been proven to increase cognitive abilities and RMHI is there to assist. Their Healing Our Heroes program supports our veterans by assisting with payments for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) treatments. Many of our veterans have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS). Studies have been conducted using HBOT as an alternative therapy to medication. These studies have shown that patients receiving these treatments had a dramatic increase in cognitive abilities, improved recovery in motor skills and were able to decrease their anti-depressant medication intake.
  • The Cost of Freedom, Inc. - Is an Indiana group who offers many programs for our combat wounded, combat injured and disabled Military/Veterans. Their mission started mostly with conservation programs and now they host many types of programs mainly geared to injured and those with PTSD/TBI. From hunting and fishing to PTSD workshops with Silouan Green to assisting Veterans in gaining access to the hyperbaric oxygen chamber for treatment, plus many more programs. Look them up and help them as they need funding to keep up their existence. Their website is http://theendofthegoattrail.com/ - every combat soldier walks his or her own trail and what they are trying to do here is to help every Veteran get to the end of their goat trail.
  • PTSD Patience Press - Books and helpful information for Veterans and family and friends of Veterans with PTSD. My mission is to ensure  that other people never have to be alone with the pain of PTSD, struggling to heal without help or support the way we did, back when it didn’t have a name and wasn’t supposed to exist. --Patience Mason, author.
  • Restoring The Soul After War written by Edward Tick PhD, is another great book that can help one to truly come home. It can help everyone as war touches us all. Read it.
  • Make the Connection provides personal video testimonials and resources to help Veterans discover ways to improve their lives. The site also provides informational resources on mental health conditions such as PTSD and depression, and symptoms of problems such as drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Brainline BrainLine is a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI. BrainLine includes a series of webcasts, an electronic newsletter, and an extensive outreach campaign in partnership with national organizations concerned about traumatic brain injury. 
  • Defense & Veterans Brain Injury Center The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is the TBI operational component of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE). As part of the U.S. military health system, DVBIC’s responsibilities have grown as its network of care and treatment sites have grown since its founding in 1992.
  • National Center for PTSD The National Center for PTSD is the United States government’s center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding and treatment of PTSD. Although providing no direct clinical care, the Center’s purpose is to improve the well-being and understanding of American Veterans through cutting edge research to ultimately advance the science and promote understanding of Traumatic Stress. Click here for their ABOUTFACE program to hear Veterans tell their stories of how PTSD treatment has saved their lives. They also offer PTSD Coaching online which can be very helpful.
  • NAMI Veterans and Active Duty - National Mental Health page that focuses on questions that Military personnel often ask concerning treatment, resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous is there when you need them so don’t forget about them as AA has been helping us all for many years.
  • Save a Warrior is an innovative, evidence-based “war detox” program that provides a powerful healing experience for Active Duty Military, Veterans, and First Responders who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress.
  • Easter Seals Crossroads Right here in Indianapolis offers so much for our Veterans - Employment & Training; Veteran Series of Events which will include some peer to peer workshops on living with PTSD; Rally Points where they will assist in reintegrating our Veterans and families back into the community as well as identifying employment, family, health and housing needs.
  • The Independence Fund.org raises funds to not only treat TBI/PTSD with HBOT therapy but they also mobility and caregiver programs. They setup a clinic in Charlotte, NC that treats our Veterans diagnosed with TBI/PTSD with HBOT and because they know it works and the need is greater than they can serve in this one clinic, they are opening more in Myrtle Beach and Palm Key. You may go to this site and fill out the paperwork needed to be setup for treatment.

Indiana Just Signed PL-217 Funding a Pilot Program for the Use of HBOT

for Treating TBI/PTSD

The presence of the Military/Veterans Coalition of Indiana is continuing to get stronger as they work with our legislators towards improving benefits for our Military, Veterans and their families. They have struggled for years in getting legislation passed for the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) available to Service Members and Veterans who have been diagnosed with TBI/PTSD, but they are making headway!! Indiana just signed PL-217 on April 27, 2017, which establishes a funded pilot program for the use of HBOT for the treatment of traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder. As we get details from the State Health Department on how this will be setup and how to get into the program, we will let you know. Please see below;

USMC, Indiana, Texas and Oklahoma Making Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Available to Service Members with TBI/PTSD/Concussion

Data from over 2,300 subjects, legislative breakthroughs at the state level, and some forward thinking by the US Marines is allowing access to an alternative treatment for "invisible wounds." HBOT research out of the state of Washington also shows promise for alleviating withdrawal symptoms from drug addiction.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 23, 2017 -- Camp Lejeune, US Marine Corps, with the cooperation of the US Navy, has agreed to allow active duty Marines to voluntarily participate in an LSU study in New Orleans (http://hbottbistudy.org/). Dr. Paul Harch is investigating the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) at 1.5 ATA in the treatment of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or persistent post-concussion syndrome (PPCS)

resulting from either blunt or blast injury in both military and civilians. This action builds on the efforts of Rep Walter Jones (R-NC) and over a dozen other lawmakers demanding access to this safe and effective treatment. Hundreds of thousands of brain-wounded active duty and veteran service members are suffering without alternative treatments that can heal the wound to the brain, rather than merely treating symptoms with ineffective drugs and devices, dangerous opioid, and unproven and potentially dangerous drugs like LSD, ecstasy and other exotics.

In a companion breakthrough, Indiana PL-217, signed 4/27/2017, establishes a funded Pilot Program for the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This legislation follows a long effort by veterans in Indiana to treat brain-wounded Indiana veterans with oxygen-under-pressure, a safe and effective standard of care for brain injuries in numerous countries -- but not yet in the US. In addition to the soldier suicide epidemic affecting veterans, Indiana, like numerous other states, is enduring a drug overdose epidemic. HBOT has been shown to dramatically reduce the number of drugs that brain-wounded veterans need to recuperate and return to a more normal quality of life denied them with episodic and ineffective DOD/VA attempts.

And in another multi-year effort, Texas HB-271, the Veterans Recovery Pilot Program, provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment to eligible Texas veterans with TBI or PTSD. Approved in the TX House and Senate by near-unanimous vote, the Bill was sent for the Governor's signature on May 19, 2017.

The Texas and Indiana legislative efforts follow the Oklahoma passage of the Oklahoma Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment and Recovery Act of 2014 on May 6, 2014. All three states have waited in vain for years for the DOD and the Veterans  Administration to address the suicide and drug overdose epidemics. None were willing to accept any more waiting amidst the futility of not treating the wounds to the brain of over 600,000 service members with "invisible wounds."

 

Two recent studies out of the state of Washington throw more light on a problem directly related to brain injury: drug addiction. Tens of thousands of brain-wounded veterans have drug dependencies. Researchers at Washington State (tinyurl.com/mesc5gu) in an animal study have shown that HBOT can cut in half both the pain of withdrawal and the amount of time required to be rid of drug dependency. The potential impact for the opioid epidemic is profound. University of Washington School of Medicine researchers (tinyurl.com/k6gy4gx), writing in JAMA Neurology, found that after a concussion, symptoms got worse from one to five years following the injury. Patients likely don't stabilize within one year after injury; psychiatric problems intensify out to five years. The lead authors says that medicine "should not only be working hard to develop therapies that can be administered acutely after injury but also. . . . focus on developing therapies and treatment strategies targeted to the chronic phase of injury." The Marines, Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana are now on the cutting edge of integrative medicine, allowing use of a safe and effective therapy that has a proven track record with over 2,300 lucky enough to find their way to private HBOT clinics across the US.

These videos give more insight into the potential represented by Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

MSGT Scott Roessler [Ranger] http://tinyurl.com/hf3czmw

Joe Namath http://tinyurl.com/kflu9up

MAJ Ben Richards http://tinyurl.com/hd9ahcd

CAPT Smotherman / Rep John Bennett http://tinyurl.com/lvcf22r

The Honorable Patt Maney (BG, USA) http://tinyurl.com/m97x4jp

GnySgt Rotenberry http://tinyurl.com/gpzpxgy

RMHI with Margaux and SGT Ramirez http://vimeo.com/77100044

Contact Information

Robert L Beckman, PhD

TreatNOW Coalition

http://www.treatnow.org

+1 (703) 346-8432

 

 

Should We Treat PTSD/TBI With Something That Shows Improvement OR Should We Continue With the FDA & VA Method of Throwing Drugs At It?

For decades there have been scientific studies to prove the efficacy of using the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber to treat brain injuries. In my layman terms it has proven to help bring sections of the brain back to life helping the individual to not only have better brain functionality but it also improves their motor skills in the process. Through the improved technology of brain scans it can show the damaged section of the brain and after a series of regimented dives in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber it shows those same areas of the brain living and breathing to perform another day!!

As you all know, Indiana is ranked last in the states for Veteran’s benefits and here’s the reason why, YOUR ELECTED POLITICIANS!! Indiana spends paltry $3.67 per Veteran which is far behind any other state because any benefit that costs money will never pass as our state legislators refuse to spend money where it needs to and must be spent. Our Veterans signed their name on a blank check to protect our Freedoms that includes them paying for the price of Freedom with their lives if need be and yet we Americans have a hard time taking care of those who signed their names and the families of those who support them.

The Military Veteran Coalition of Indiana has worked with our state representatives for many years now trying to pass legislation that will make a difference for our Veterans, but still our elected politicians have failed us. Even the bills that Gov Pence signed this year with such fanfare, none of them spent any money on our Veterans. You know, for a state that is only bettered by Washington DC in spending money for Monuments and Memorials for our Veterans, it sure hurts that they refuse to spend money to take care of them when they come home injured....

Well it’s time we Hoosiers stood up and said we will not take it anymore! We feel one of the most important things our state can do is to step up and support the treatment of TBI/PTSD with the hyperbaric oxygen therapy. For decades studies have proven that these injured areas of the brain can improve with HBOT and help our Veterans recover. Gov Pence has instructed a committee to research other means for TBI/PTSD treatment and our hope is they will support HBOT, because it works!! Their present therapy is to throw drugs at it!! Our Veterans who are being treated by the VA get to meet a psychologist and they are treated with 25 or more psychotropic drugs which come in an automatic shipment to the Veteran!! They get shipped piles of pills. I have spoken with so many Veterans and family members who feel they are going down a road of no return because no one cares. This is the road that leads to us loosing 22 Veterans a day to suicide. Drugs alone do not work!! HBOT does if we can only make it the primary treatment!!

In 2014 and 2015 The Military Veterans Coalition of Indiana (TMVCI) had the support of 54 members of our House of Representatives for Bill SB1379 to start treating those with TBI/PTSD with HBOT, but it never got to a vote because one person, ONE PERSON,,, the head of the House Ways and Means committee, Dr Tim Brown, MD, did not believe it workedso they didn’t even let it come up for a vote. Dr Brown is backed by the FDA as they have not approved HBOT for treating brain injuries (HBOT is approved for many other issueswhere wounds do not heal under normal conditions). Our Government and the VA have not approved it, insurance companies do not pay for any treatments either so we the public have to donate our money to take care of our Veterans who are protecting our Freedoms. The reason for our DOD, VA and Government for not approving it is that the studies they performed showed the sham and placebo groups gained as much from nothing as the HBOT group did. So if you finally do something positive for a Veteran who has given up because you never helped other than to give him drugs, sure, in a short study I am sure there will be positive signs from all groups. But with continued support and a complete treatment of dives in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber and being monitored with brain scans to show the improvement, HBOT should be the primary form of treatment. Another factor is we are fighting all the big drug manufacturers lobbyists who are wining and dining our politicians to keep treating our Wounded Heroes with their drugs - the US Government is the biggest supplier of drugs in the country...... Think about all this.

To try and convince Dr Tim Brown and our elected officials that HBOT should be the primary treatment for TBI/PTSD, TMVCI has worked with Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, In and they are open to running a 2 year study using their HBOT unit at cost ($250K) HELP!!. This study is an extension of the “Cross-Over” studies performed by Israeli researchers and Paul Harch in Louisiana. If we can run the study here in Indiana and prove it works then they may approve of the treatment for our Veterans. If Indiana approves the use of HBOT and sends our Veterans to centers for treatment then they will be asking the Federal Government for reimbursement. If the Fed does not pay then our attorney general can sue our government for the money spent on treatment. By the way, results from the studies already run showed 80-95% improvements in cognitive functions with no negative effects. Here is a link to the findings on that study http://www.hbot.com/us-veteran-pilot-trial-lsu-irb-7051-hbot-tbiptsd-preliminary-data If you know of anyone or a business who would like to donate to the HBOT Study at Riverview please contact BG James Bauerle USA Ret. of the Military Veterans Coalition of Indiana at jimbauerle.sr@gmail.com

Please go to the Military Veterans Coalition of Indiana website, sign up to receive email updates on what they are doing to improve our Veterans benefits. You can subscribe under their Mission hot button. Also you can get the email addresses for your elected officials and write to them asking them to please do their job and support our Veterans in need. The website is http://www.inmilcoal.org/

It is really important to write that email to your elected officials and I would start by asking them to approve Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for our Veterans/Military who have been diagnosed with TBI/PTSD. We ask you to pay attention to what goes on in our State House and Senate and hold your elected officials accountable.

Here is a link to an article from 2015 that you may find interesting - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4512112/ Please read this all the way to the end...

Here is a link to the Government Accountability Office’s report to Congressional Committees last year. It is their recommendation that HBOT is inconclusive in treating TBI/PTSD as it showed no better results than their sham/placebo studies..... http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/674334.pdf

Here is a story that we all need to hear more about how HBOT has made such an improvement in my life since getting off the drugs from the VA. http://indianapublicmedia.org/news/veteran-experimental-ptsd-therapy-changed-life-71447/ What better way to heal than to breathe oxygen, no prescriptions, no side effects, no drowsiness, vomiting or sleep issues. And these are results that you can see from a CT Scan, yet our politicians and elected officials cannot.

Here is a link to the National Veterans Foundation page for PTSD/TBI and HBOT by Shad Meshad, a US Army Medical Service Officer in Vietnam back in 1970 and he has been pioneering treatment for Veterans with PTSD ever since. http://nvf.org/ptsd-tbi-and-hbot/

And here is a link to the Harch HBOT US Veteran Pilot Trial done at LSU from back in 2011, http://www.hbot.com/us-veteran-pilot-trial-lsu-irb-7051-hbot-tbiptsd-preliminary-data

Why do we have to continue to reinvent the wheel for our Government to finally agree to use HBOT as the primary treatment for brain injuries? How can one live with themselves when they are miss-appropriating our tax dollars for their own good and allowing over 22 Veterans a day to commit suicide because of the side effects from the drugs they have approved and prescribe for our Heroes?

Disclaimer:The web sites listed above are not associated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by the Hamilton County Veterans Corp., or its Officers, and has no official or unofficial affiliation with the Hamilton County Veterans Corp., or its Officers, or its membership. This web page was created as a resource for the members of the Hamilton County Veterans Corp. as well as use by the general public

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