September 30, 2016 at 6:57 pm #2959MARCIA KOSTERKAKeymaster
IMAGINE NURTURING OUR WARRIORS, LTD.
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN TREATMENT FOR VETERANS
Research shows hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be an effective treatment for traumatic brain injury and reduce brain injury-related Veteran suicide. However, until insurers cover its cost a group of Veteran advocates will bring this much-needed therapy to Veterans and when needed to Veteran families through Imagine Nurturing Our Warriors, Ltd, a Nevada nonprofit charitable foundation operating as “Imagine N.O.W.” founded by Janet Franco and Barry Meuse. A Nevada branch of the IHMF (International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation.)
In 2006, Janet Franco a 25-yr. radio personality on complementary medicine, was asked to help the Veterans; she then dedicated her career to this mission, and became an advocate for the Veterans. 2012 she learned the value of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in resolving post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury having been mentored in the science by the nation’s leading hyperbaric oxygen researcher and clinician, Dr. Paul Harch (HBOT.com) plus Rob Beckman, PhD, founder of the Treat Now Coalition dedicated to organizing hyperbaric oxygen clinics nationwide to treat Veterans and Marty Hoffman, former Secretary of the Army, an advocate for hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the military. Before dying, Marty encouraged Janet to fulfill their dream of treating traumatic brain injury and reducing Veteran suicide.
Veterans suffering from PSTD or TBI share similar symptoms including headaches, sleeplessness, loss of short-term memory, executive function and bouts of anger often escalating to rage. These symptoms can be so severe that they can’t hold a job, engage in risky behaviors and fail in personal relationships – all of which can lead to homelessness, courtroom appearances and sadly, suicide.
Janet recognized that the S. Nevada Veteran community is a prime location to launch Imagine N.O.W. Center due to the high suicide rate. Her dreams became more evident once she met Barry Meuse in 2015 that provided her with an enterprise partner that moved the project from a vision to closer to reality.
Barry Meuse, a former Air Force combat fighter pilot and Member of the Board of Directors of the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation has been active in Veteran issues and an advocate for bringing hyperbaric oxygen therapy to Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Later, Chere’ Pedersen, a well-known Veteran advocate and former Nevada Blue Star Mother Chapter President came onboard as Executive Director of Imagine N.O.W.
Because hyperbaric oxygen therapy for TBI and PSTD is currently not cleared by the Federal Drug Administration it is not reimbursable by the Veterans Administration or most insurance carriers so Imagine NOW must raise funds from donations to pay for treatment.
To assure a reliable source of funds, in addition to founding Imagine N.O.W. Janet established the Pay It Forward Network International, LLC (PIFN) focused on sales and marketing, with up to half its profits designated for Imagine NOW. This will come in accordance with her new radio show, ‘Pay It Forward Network.’ on KKVV Christian station 1060 am, Friday’s 3:30-5 pm-starting September 2nd, 2016.
The established protocol for PSTD and TBI calls for 80 one-hour sessions or ‘dives’ at one or two dives a day. Including competent medical oversight and a research protocol, essential to obtain publishable results, brings the price for one 80-dive treatment to around $25K per Veteran.
Imagine N.O.W. is in the process of raising the five million dollars to build the Imagine N.O.W. Veterans Treatment Center . PIFN will host a Celebrity fundraiser and presentation on October 8th at the Inspire Theatre, to include several experts in hyperbaric oxygen therapy; and Veterans who have been treated (will share their story.) For more information and videos please visit http://www.payitforwardnetwork.net
FOR MORE INFORMATION;
Janet Franco – 702.918.1994
Chere Pedersen – 702.275.5569
Barry Meuse – C 571.237.5403.
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