As sound-bite politicians and Department of Veterans Affairs (“the VA”) administrators (past and present) slug it out over the future direction of the VA, Maj. Ben Richards has put together a comprehensive 8-week program to treat 10 fellow Veteran warriors who suffer from PTSD and TBI.Continue Reading →
Dr. David Shulkin has been pushed aside (read fired) as the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (“the VA”). Without taking sides in what appears to be yet another partisan issue, Dr. Shulkin did a reasonably good job in bailing water in a sinking ship: the VA.
As such, it was with regret that we read Dr. David Shulkin’s self-serving departure editorial in the Continue Reading →
The Department of Veteran Affairs (the “VA”) struggles to provide effective therapy for Veterans with PTSD and TBI. As such, SFTT has will now focus its attention on providing Veterans and their families cope with information on promising new alternative therapies to help brave warriors cope with brain injury.
The devastating effect of brain injury for hundreds of thousands of Veterans and their families cannot be underestimated. While SFTT will focus primarily on “new” therapy programs, we will occasionally report on ...Continue Reading →
Is it too late to wish you all a happy new year? We think not!
Here at SFTT we’ve been busy wrapping up our 2017 initiatives and planning for an even better 2018 with new programs and partners to help Veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD).
During the past year, Stand for the Troops, the Little Organization That Could and Has, hit a major milestone — we turned 20! Twenty, old enough to be a combat soldier which, in many ways ...Continue Reading →
As 2017 draws to a close, SFTT is delighted with the early initiatives undertaken by Dr. David Shulkin to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs (“the VA”).
While SFTT still believes that the VA is “too large to succeed in its mission,” we applaud the Herculean effort by Dr. Shulkin to regain management control of this large rudderless ship.
Our brave Veterans simply need a far more responsive system.
Found below ...Continue Reading →
Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” is an entertainment staple of the holiday season. In the story, a wealthy and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by a procession of three ghosts who accompany him through scenes of Christmases past, present, and future. It is a story that resonates with us.
A Christmas Past
In a Christmas past, I found myself searching house to ...Continue Reading →
There are few things more shameful than dishonest hucksters taking money from unsuspecting donors for what appears to be a worthwhile cause. Our small staff at SFTT goes “ballistic” when we learn that telemarketers and “spin-masters” use deceptive and misleading advertising to raise money for Veterans.
As SFTT reported earlier, the VA will soon be providing a limited number of Veterans with access to hyperbaric oxygen therapy or “HBOT” at the VA’s Center for Compassionate Innovation (“CCI”) facilities in Texas and Oklahoma.
SFTT has yet to learn when these programs will begin or how many Veterans will be enrolled in these initial programs. As important, SFTT and the HBOT community at-large is interested in learning how “test protocols,” “metrics,” and “clinical trials” will be set ...Continue Reading →
In a carefully crafted message, “The Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week that it would begin offering hyperbaric oxygen therapy (“HBOT”) to some veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, despite a lack of evidence that it works or being approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for PTSD.”
The news was released by “Stars and Stripes” on November 30 in an ...Continue Reading →
Over five years ago, SFTT met with Judge John Schwartz, one of the early pioneers in the Veteran Court system. Discussing the rationale for Vet Courts, Judge Schwartz stated the following “We offer hope to these troubled veterans who have served our country so valiantly. It’s simply common sense.”
Today, Vet Courts are needed more than ever to help Veterans recover their lives. Indeed, when one reads that the “the modern opioid epidemic originated within ...Continue Reading →