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Traumatic Brain Injury affects thousands of soldiers every year. But when they get home, veterans often have problems getting the treatment they need. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Christensen Law is featuring the Warrior Angels Foundation, which provides individualized care to brain injured veterans across the country.
Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by falls and auto accidents. America’s soldiers face another source of TBI: roadside bombs. In 2014 alone, 25,044 soldiers suffered some form of traumatic brain injury. Over the past 15 years, that number has passed 330,000.
When a traumatic brain injury ends a soldier’s career, he or she may lose access to treatment. Bureaucratic challenges at the Veterans’ Administration can often stand between an injured soldier and the TBI treatments they need.
The Warrior Angels Foundation is working to fill that gap. The foundation “provides personalized medicine that pinpoints and treats the underlying condition for U.S. Service Members and Veterans who have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) while in the line of duty.”
Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Marr, a former U.S. Army Special Forces green beret explosive breacher, received several traumatic brain injuries in 2006, eventually sending him home. He received personalized hormone therapy from Dr. Mark Gordon, an interventional endocrinologist and TBI treatment specialist at Millennium Health Centers in Los Angeles.
Now Marr and Gordon are teaming up to make hormone treatment available to more injured veterans. The Warrior Angels Foundation is a non-profit organization seeking to connect TBI patients with inexpensive cures that do not disrupt their lives.
“It’s difficult for guys who have jobs to say, ‘Hey, I have to put my whole life on hold for this,’” Marr said. “We needed a way around that where we can effectively treat it and people don’t have to disrupt their lives to do it.”
Interested veterans are asked to provide their medical history and proof of their service to qualify. Then they meet with Dr. Gordon or his team via Skype and a personalized treatment is prepared.
“It’s highly individualized; no two people are the same,” Marr said. “Whatever you’re found to be deficient or insufficient in, that’s what we’re going to replace.”
But the process isn’t free. Treatments cost about $5,000 per patient. This Veteran’s Day, the Warrior Angels Foundation is wrapping up an Indegogo campaign to raise funds and help more of the veterans on their waiting list.
After a traumatic brain injury, personalized treatment can be the difference between a quick recovery and a lifetime disability. The attorneys at Christensen Law work hard to get the best treatment for TBI victims of auto accidents. The teams applaud the Warrior Angels Foundation for entering the fight on behalf of America’s veterans.
If you know a veteran who suffered TBI, they can apply for treatment on the Warrior Angels’ website. If their injury was caused by an auto accident, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.