Armando served in the Marines and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan where he was in combat, exposed to multiple blasts. He was knocked out four times.
He suffered traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. He sought treatment at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tucson, but he found little relief for his stress and anxiety, memory loss, or being able to read, write and carry on a conversation. The veteran, who could not hold down a job, was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, and developed an autoimmune disease from toxic exposure during the war.
Armando is one of many veterans who gave testimony about his ordeal to Healing Arizona Veterans. The non-profit organization raises funds to treat eligible Arizona veterans for war-related traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder through hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
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