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Hamilton County Veterans Corp

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If you, a family member or friend is suffering from PTSD or TBI, I hope this page can help you find the steps to start living a Free life with purpose, passion and love for each other. 

First of all, if you or a Veteran you know are in an emotional crisis, please contact the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 for Veterans. For more information or to speak with the Indianapolis VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator please call 317-988-3213.


Bob Thacker HBOT

FREE Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Treatments (HBOT) For Hoosier Veterans who have been diagnosed with PTSD or TBI !! Volunteer Now as it’s FREE!!!

    The Purdue Neurotrauma Group (PNG) at Purdue University is now recruiting at least 15 Hoosier Veterans Who Have Been Diagnosed with PTSD or TBI for a Pilot Study Using Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments. The Study will be held at the Purdue MRI Facility and at the Clark Mem’l Hospital Wound Healing Center - There Will  Be Other HBOT Facilities Across Indiana Who Will Join the Study as it Progresses. Feb 2020 they added Clark Memorial in Jeffersonville.

    Veterans Interested in participating in this study should contact Art Terlep at Purdue Neurotrauma Group- email purduehbot@gmail.com or Mendy McIntosh at 812-283-2850 or mendy.mcintosh@clarkmemorial.org or call Bob Thacker 812-283-2850 or email bobby.thacker@clarkmemorial.org

    MRI metrics will be used to assess the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for Hoosier Veterans with PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) especially from combat related events. 

    We are seeking Veterans residing in the state of Indiana (age 18-65) who have been diagnosed with PTSD or TBI. These Veterans will undergo 40 1-hr “dives” in a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber at Clark Memorial Health, located at 1220 Missouri Ave, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 as well as attending a series of 6  60 minute MRI scan sessions at Purdue before, during and after the HBOT treatments. The Purdue MRI Facility is located at 750 S University Street, West Lafayette, In., just south of Nelson Hall of Food Science (NLSN). Each session will be separated by about four weeks. 

    Driving expenses to and from Purdue as well as Clark Memorial will be reimbursed at the current State-approved rate of $0.38 per mile.  

    Participants will NOT be charged for the MRI scans or HBOT

    To be an HBOT participant and part of the MRI study, you must: 

    • Be able to provide your own transportation to and from the Purdue MRI Facility 
    • Be able to provide your own transportation to and from Clark Memorial Health Hospital 
    • Be willing to provide medical records and proof of PTSD diagnosis to HBOT facility 
    • Be tolerant to loud noise even with ear plugs 
    • Be able and willing to comply with MRI screening protocol (e.g. remove metal piece/jewelry)* 
    • Be safe for MRI scanning (e.g. no fear of small spaces, no cochlear implants, no shrapnel, etc.) 
    • Submit to additional participant surveys and screening questionnaires 
  • Please contact Art Terlep for more details if you are interested:  Art Terlep, Purdue Neurotrauma Group, (Former Capt USAF) Email**: purduehbot@gmail.com 

    Principal Investigator: Joseph Rispoli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor 

    MJIS 3035, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering 

    Purdue University, West Lafayette IN 47907-2032  

     *An MRI screening form will be emailed to you to let you know if you are safe to be scanned by the MRI. Any active duty and/or potentially deployable participants must acquire a letter of approval from their unit commanding officer to participate in the study.  

    **Please do not send any medical documents or sensitive personally identifiable information via email



  • REBOOT Combat Recovery is a 12 week course, not a support group, where they provide practical help for Service Members, Veterans and families dealing with the moral and spiritual wounds from combat trauma. You will not find shortcuts or easy answers, instead you’ll find solutions that will last!! Our courses are private and peer-led, inclusive of the entire family, and offered at no cost to participants. Please, if you are a combat Veteran or know of any who could use this course, contact them and have them go to https://rebootrecovery.com and register for a course near you. You will be glad you did.
  • Silouan Green, is an amazing individual who has lived through PTSD and is out there helping to bring others back from the darkness. He is a speaker, author, song writer among many other things and his website has many positive ways to help one chart a path to over come PTSD. His Ladder UPP workshops are amazing and he is always looking to do more. He helps individuals, communities, and organizations create deeper relationships that proactively addresses the impact of trauma. Silouan travels all across the country speaking with Doctors, nurses, Veterans, Military, Prisoners, drug addicts, Police, EMT’s and Firemen making a difference in their lives and he can do the same for you. Look him up and reach out to him. Remember, you are not alone.
  • HelpGuide.org - PTSD in Military veterans, a trusted guide to mental, emotional & social health issues with symptoms, treatment and self-help to recover from PTSD.
  • MemoryCare.com/Veterans - has a resource guide for Veterans who are suffering from cognitive issues such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Their resource page is loaded with many helpful articles and links to help Veterans learn about the memory care benefits that are available to them. Many studies have shown that over time, those who have suffered TBI or PTSD also have a higher rate of suffering from these issues such as dementia or Alzheimer’s so we are hopeful that our Veterans and their families will be able to find what will assist them here.
  • PTSD Self-Test & Guide is a self-assessment site to measure the presence and severity of PTSD symptoms one might have. It lists many points one can use to help in their determination and it has a Self Test you may take and submit for help. They have many resource links for all who need support with PTSD.
  • Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric Institute Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment has been proven to increase cognitive abilities and RMHI is there to assist. Their Healing Our Heroes program supports our veterans by assisting with payments for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) treatments. Many of our veterans have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS). Studies have been conducted using HBOT as an alternative therapy to medication. These studies have shown that patients receiving these treatments had a dramatic increase in cognitive abilities, improved recovery in motor skills and were able to decrease their anti-depressant medication intake.
  • EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for PTSD is an 8 phase treatment that can help process upsetting thoughts, memories and feelings related to trauma. By processing these experiences, one can get relief from PTSD. Here are a couple links that will help you understand the process involved with EMDR - https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand_tx/emdr.asp and https://www.denverrecoverycenter.com/addiction-treatment-programs/addiction-therapy-services/emdr-therapy/ This link is for a local Noblesville, Indiana Doctor who uses EMDR therapy for treatment - https://pathwaystohealingcounseling.com/emdr-therapy/
  • Lone Survivor Foundation provides therapeutic retreats for service members and their families affected by Post-Traumatic Stress, mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain and Military Sexual Trauma. In 2017 we held 38 retreats for 335 Veterans and family members at no cost to them!! Marcus Luttrell started Lone Survivor Foundation in 2010 and has been helping his brothers and sisters ever since. Our resource page is full of helpful links for many things Veteran related.
  • The Independence Fund.org raises funds to not only treat TBI/PTSD with HBOT therapy but they also offer mobility and caregiver programs. They setup a clinic in Charlotte, NC that treats our Veterans diagnosed with TBI/PTSD with HBOT and because they know it works and the need is greater than they can serve in this one clinic, they are opening more in Myrtle Beach and Palm Key. You may go to this site and fill out the paperwork needed to be setup for treatment.
  • Pets Healing Vets - program was established in 2012 as a bridge to help veterans who are suffering and shelter animals in need of hearts to heal. The mission of Pets Healing Vets is to help veterans suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and TBI (traumatic brain injury) by pairing them with a carefully selected dog or cat in need of a home. We provide this program to Hoosier Veterans at no cost, for the life of the pet if needed.
  • PTSD Patience Press - Books and helpful information for Veterans and family and friends of Veterans with PTSD. My mission is to ensure that other people never have to be alone with the pain of PTSD, struggling to heal without help or support the way we did, back when it didn’t have a name and wasn’t supposed to exist. --Patience Mason, author.
  • Restoring The Soul After War written by Edward Tick PhD, is another great book that can help one to truly come home. It can help everyone as war touches us all. Read it.
  • Make the Connection provides personal video testimonials and resources to help Veterans discover ways to improve their lives. The site also provides informational resources on mental health conditions such as PTSD and depression, and symptoms of problems such as drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Brainline BrainLine is a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI. BrainLine includes a series of webcasts, an electronic newsletter, and an extensive outreach campaign in partnership with national organizations concerned about traumatic brain injury. 
  • National Center for PTSD The National Center for PTSD is the United States government’s center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding and treatment of PTSD. Although providing no direct clinical care, the Center’s purpose is to improve the well-being and understanding of American Veterans through cutting edge research to ultimately advance the science and promote understanding of Traumatic Stress. Click here for their ABOUTFACE program to hear Veterans tell their stories of how PTSD treatment has saved their lives. They also offer PTSD Coaching online which can be very helpful.
  • Medline Plus - Their website lists many links to helpful sites on PTSD/TBI which are not listed on our page here. Please check them out to find the answers that will help you or your family member/friend recover.
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA facilitates innovative community-based solutions that foster access to evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for military service members, veterans, and their families at risk for or experiencing mental and/or substance use disorders by providing state-of-the-art technical assistance, consultation, and training. SAMHSA does this work in close partnership with TRICARE, Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) services.
  • Military Sexual Trauma - Both women and men may experience MST during their service. All Veterans seen at Veterans Health Administration facilities are asked about experiences of sexual trauma because we know that any type of trauma can affect a person’s physical and mental health, even many years later. We also know that people can recover from trauma. VA has free services to help Veterans recover from this type of trauma. You do not need to have a service connected VA disability rating to receive these services and may be able to receive services even if you are not eligible for other VA care. You do not need to have reported the incident(s) when they happened or have other documentation that they occurred. This website has information about the health care services that VA has available for Veterans who experienced MST. Please view this fact sheet Disability Compensation for Personal Assault or Military Sexual Trauma for information about VA disability compensation for conditions related to MST.
  • Women Veterans Health Care and Sexual Trauma - This VA website has created materials to raise awareness of sexual trauma and lists resources for treatment.
  • Womens Health.gov lists resources by state who provide support for women who have experienced abuse. If you do not find your state or need to speak with someone right away, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline for help in your area - 800-799-7233. Also read their pages listed in the left column under Relationships and Safety for more resources.
  • NAMI Veterans and Active Duty - National Mental Health page that focuses on questions that Military personnel often ask concerning treatment, resources, disclosure and staying healthy during the transition to civilian life.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous is there when you need them so don’t forget about them as AA has been helping us all for many years.
  • Save a Warrior is an innovative, evidence-based war detox program that provides a powerful healing experience for Active Duty Military, Veterans, and First Responders who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress.
  • The Recovery Village - Veterans Resources - There are many substance abuse resources as well as supportive treatment resources to help manage stress, trauma, PTSD and addiction here at The Recovery Village website. They are an educational resource featuring helpful blog posts, articles and resource pages to increase our understanding and awareness of the mental health disorders, substance abuse as well as many other issues affecting us today.
  • PTSD In Children - Learn what sorts of trauma leaves a child with PTSD, what the signs are, how it is diagnosed and how to treat it.
  • Guide for Veterans Seeking Help for PTSD & Substance Abuse - This site may have a different approach (it’s a self storage company that cares about our Veterans) but there are many links here which can be useful when looking for help with PTSD, overall mental health and substance abuse.
  • Online Therapy for Veterans is a site that lists the top 5 “Online” PTSD Therapy sites. They update their data and choices annually to keep it current. Therapy is a vital tool that can help lessen the impact of the stresses that impact those with PTSD and online options can make therapy more accessible to those in need.
  • Real Warriors.net deals with all aspects of Military life when it comes to maintaining ones mental health. As Active Duty, National Guard, Veteran or family member this site covers all the hot topics that might cause one stress. The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness campaign through the Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE) to support the promotion of psychological health, reduce stigma of psychological health concerns and encourage help seeking behavior for service members, veterans and their families.
  • At Mattress Clarity we do not sell mattresses, we review most every mattress on the market with our team of sleep experts. Our experts are knowledgeable on what a good night sleep is and most issues one can have in trying to sleep. This site has a special page directed specifically at Veterans and the varied issues a Veteran might have trying to sleep. From basic insomnia issues to drugs related issues to PTSD/TBI, they have some very good answers and links that I hope will help you find your good nights sleep.
  • Sleepopolis.com reviews most all mattresses and they too have a great research link here associated with Veteran related sleep issues with resolutions and a very in depth resource list. Check them out!

Disclaimer:The web sites listed above are not associated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by the Hamilton County Veterans Corp., or its Officers, and has no official or unofficial affiliation with the Hamilton County Veterans Corp., or its Officers, or its membership. This web page was created as a resource for the members of the Hamilton County Veterans Corp. as well as use by the general public

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