Thousands of our local Veterans suffer from “invisible war wounds”: traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress (PTS).

These injuries have dramatic life-altering implications if left untreated, and their management can become financially demanding. Veterans with TBI and PTS often have problems that touch all aspects of their lives, including family, career, and interpersonal relationships. Left untreated, TBI and PTS can deprive these veterans of a manageable quality of life, often resulting in chronic unemployment, homelessness, divorce, or even suicide.

Resources to help these brave men and women who were injured while serving are not readily available or are not covered by insurance.

One of the most successful therapies, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been shown to reverse TBI and alleviate many symptoms of PTS, restoring both mental and physical health, and, along with it, a higher quality of life.

HBOT is a rejuvenating painless therapy where pure oxygen is administered in a pressurized environment of at least 1.5ATA. It affects the body on a cellular level, enhancing and providing the necessary tools that allow the body to naturally heal itself. This therapy can be appropriate for many indications, as oxygen is one of the elemental building blocks of life.

Through the efforts of the Help Our Wounded (HOW) Foundation, located in Delray Beach, Florida, veterans who are candidates for HBOT treatment receive scholarships to fund their HBOT therapy. The HOW Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities by advocating for and providing access to hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The Foundation’s work is imperative, as this therapy is not yet covered under Veterans Affairs and insurance benefits.