FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Healing Arizona Veterans?
Healing Arizona Veterans (“HAV”) is a grassroots organization dedicated to helping our recent returning veterans to heal from their Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) conditions suffered in combat in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  HAV is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.  Because of funding we are only able to provide free treatments to combat related TBI/PTSD veterans.  We hope in the future our program will be adopted by VA hospitals and military hospitals throughout the country.

What type treatments does HAV provide that is not available at the VA hospitals?
For mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (mTBI) HAV provides free Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) combined with a nutritional program to help the veteran to heal the injured brain.  This type program is standard of care in many countries of the world but has not been approved as yet for use in our VA hospitals.  It has over 40 years research backing its proven results.

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is treatment that is provided when a patient sits inside a chamber, under pressure that is greater than atmospheric pressure (typically for neurological conditions that is 1.5 ata or one-half atmospheres above ambient pressure) and patients breathe 100% medical oxygen.  Typical treatment time spent in the chamber for recovery from TBI is one hour under pressure.  A minimum of 40 treatments (called dives) is required for mild TBI brain recovery.

Oxygen Therapy is the basis for biological healing in the brain.  More than 2000 intracellular processes are oxygen dependent.  Oxygen provides energy to the cells.

How does your organization determine if a veteran has mild TBI?
The best way to determine if a veteran suffers from a mild TBI is a combination of the neurological interview and exam as well as a brain SPECT scan or a MRI with DTI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Diffusion Tensor Imaging) that will reveal the area of the brain damaged and the extent of damages.  Often veterans suffering from PTSD also suffer from TBI and a brain scan is necessary to determine the condition and the necessary treatments required.

What happens if a veteran does not get proper treatment for the healing of their TBI?  Are there any long-term consequences?
It has become clear with the cumulative effects of injury of NFL players that untreated TBI leads to increased risks of Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy).  This same correlation is becoming evident in military veterans.  This is why it is urgent to treat as soon as possible.

Are other treatment programs available through HAV?
Yes, HAV has developed a comprehensive network for our veterans, as we do not believe “one size fits all“.  Whereas, HBOT is the only proven therapy to actually heal the brain in cases of TBI, but for conditions with PTSD, HAV is working with several professional organizations to provide other proven adjunctive programs such as Neurobiofeedback, Acupuncture, Meditation, Equine Therapy, EMDR, Qigong, Physical conditioning, Yoga and PEMF (Pulsating Electro-Magnetic Frequency).  All programs are DRUG-FREE, have a PROVEN record of benefits and are performed by professionals with long histories of success.  Most of these treatments will be performed at our HAV headquarters.

What is the cost of all these adjunctive therapies for veterans?
All healing programs through HAV are free to qualifying veterans.

Where does HAV get their funding to enable them to give FREE treatments to veterans?
Being a non-profit organization Healing Arizona Veterans is totally dependent on individual and corporate donations to allow them to do this for veterans. They are presently looking for major sponsors to allow their program to be provided free for veterans.  Individual donations are received on their website.

How does HBOT work?
The patient spends about one hour per session in a hyperbaric chamber, breathing pure oxygen under pressure which saturates the body’s tissues and reaches damaged areas that had lacked blood supply and oxygen. With repeated treatments, the oxygen flow stimulates the body’s healing process and allows more patients to experience rapid recovery of cognitive and neurological functioning without surgery or drugs.

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