Director of Veterans Affairs

Ben Richards is a former Army officer and combat-disabled veteran. While commanding an Armored Cavalry Troop in Iraq in 2007, Ben survived an attack by a suicide bomber driving a sedan laden with hundreds of pounds of explosives that destroyed his 22-ton armored vehicle. A few weeks later he suffered a second Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) from the blast of a road-side Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He was subsequently medically retired from the Army as a result of his “invisible wounds.”

After five years of traditional “standard model of care” treatment for TBI and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that did little to improve his condition or functionality, SFTT helped to provide Ben with a series of safe, effective medical treatments, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Low-Level Light Therapy, Neurofeedback, and autologous mesenchymal stem cell therapy, that have helped him get much of his life back.

Ben is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Georgetown University. He currently lives in western Iowa with his wife and four children.