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Resolution Advocating HBOT and Other Medical Treatments and Therapy for TBI and PTSD

Resolution Advocating Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Other Medical Treatments and Therapy for TBI and PTSD

 

STATE OF TEXAS

COUNTY OF BURLESON
COUNTY OF CORYELL
COUNTY OF FAYETTE
COUNTY OF LLANO
COUNTY OF MATAGORDA
COUNTY OF MCCULLOCH
COUNTY OF WILSON

 

January 2014

 

Whereas, the 'signature wounds' of Iraq and Afghanistan are Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and are significant health issues for Texas Veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND)), and

Whereas, the effects of these conditions are usually long lasting and often life threatening (frequently suicide), and currently there are no definitive medical treatments for TBI and the treatments being provided today are only palliative drugs and/or counseling, and

Whereas, several, well documented, more curative therapies are available, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), that offer additional, alternative, curative ways to restore affected Veterans lives and minds, and

Whereas, numerous studies have demonstrated that the untreated, lingering effects of these injuries adversely impact the returned Veterans' lives, resulting frequently in destroyed families, drug and alcohol use, unemployment, mental illness, incarceration, and homelessness, and

Whereas, these results show up in society and communities as increased unemployment rates, public health care treatment costs, mental illness costs, alcohol and drug treatment costs, family breakups, and disrupted lives, and

Whereas, neither the VA, Military Medicine, nor Medicare will reimburse Medical Practitioners for their efforts to help these Veterans.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Matagorda County, Fayette County, Wilson County, Llano County, Coryell County, and McCulloch County Commissioners Court urges the Texas State Government to provide appropriate funding and focus to provide results orientated, evidence based, proven treatment, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for returning Texas Veterans that suffer the residual, aftereffects of TBI and PTSD.