Service men and women sacrifice daily to protect our freedom. Their service exposes them to the risk of traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, and worse. We now have an opportunity to use the freedom they have protected to help them. By supporting H.R. 1938, we will be telling the US House of Representatives that our service members deserve access to hyperbaric oxygen treatments, treatments that can significantly impact their quality of life.
Our now nine year old son, Ryan, suffered a stroke at birth. This led to cortical visual impairment, seizures, and cerebral palsy. Until we found hyperbaric oxygen treatments, we could not control his seizures, he often had hospital stays, and he cried more often than not. Since getting the first treatments in 2010, he has not been hospitalized. When his seizures return the treatments quickly bring them under control, without drugs that can often be debilitating. And, though we never knew why he cried so much, his tears also went away after his first round of 40 dives.
Our lives have been so dramatically improved that we feel compelled to advocate for others, particularly those who have developed hardships while serving our country. Our story is just one of many that can be found. Here is a story that came from a Mom whose son was struggling with post traumatic stress disorder after combat. She was asked if hyperbaric oxygen treatments had made a difference for her son, her response:
"....he is happier than he has been in a very long time. I don't see the anger outbursts anymore; just someone who is working 50 - 60 hours a week and absolutely loves what he is doing. He has also found his first "love" and is doing very well in that relationship. He has also become very close to us once again. I can only attribute the success to the treatments and, again, want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
On May 9, 2013, a bill ensuring access to hyperbaric oxygen treatment for service members experiencing traumatic brain injuries or post traumatic stress disorder was introduced in the US House of Representatives. Currently, the bill has been referred to the House Armed Services Committee. With nearly 10,000 bills in process at any given point, it has only a 6% chance of making it back to the House and being passed. Your voice can open the door for treatments that can impact entire families.
Please let our representatives know that the well-being of our service members deserves more than a 6% interest. You can do that by signing our petition and writing your representative.
Also, go to https://www.facebook.com/HyperbaricsForVeterans to keep up to date on the bill, additional opportunities to support the bill, and read more firsthand stories on what this treatment has meant for others with traumatic brain injuries or post traumatic stress disorder.
See the dramatic impact HBOT had on Curt Allen's life at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbFs9NN__Mk
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