Mission, Strategy and Results

Healing Arizona Veterans uses donations to sponsor the treatment of military veterans suffering from combat related TBI and PTSD. The treatment utilizes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) at private facilities.

Realizing that the Federal Government is not currently supporting HBOT for treating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), several states have undertaken a grassroots effort to provide HBOT to their veterans. Nine states have already approved the use of HBOT and a further six states are evaluating doing the same. The State of Arizona passed HB2513 in March of 2018 to support this treatment, becoming the 5th state to do so. The Arizona bill was passed unanimously by The State House and Senate. The Federal Government is finally beginning to catch up to the States; former President Trump signed Senate Bill S785 into law in October 2020 which offers to pilot the treatment utilizing alternative therapies including HBOT.

Arizona’s approach is slightly different from other states. It is based on a Private-Public partnership to provide donated funds for treatment of veterans at privately owned facilities.

Since 2017, Healing Arizona Veterans (HAV), a 501(c)(3) charity, has sponsored the treatment of veterans at private facilities in Arizona, and will continue to do so. The current, and future private facilities, cover services across Arizona. The selection of these facilities is based on their qualifications including; length of experience with veterans and non-veterans, results achieved to-date, coverage area, clinical control mechanism, financial and results tracking mechanisms, and pre-and post-neurology and neuro-ophthalmology diagnostics.

The average one-time cost to fully treat a veteran is $20,000 (80 HBOT sessions plus diagnostics) as compared to the traditional cost of managing symptoms of around $15,000 annually. All HAV Board members and Senior Staff are volunteers. As such the administrative costs have been less than 5% and a low level of 1% to 3% of donations during 2021 and 2022. HAV tracks treatment cost and clinical indicators, before and after the treatment. Some of the veterans have provided testimonials on how the treatment has changed their lives.

Veterans are evaluated for treatment based on the extent of their brain injury. All patients will be treated with HBOT, and where required, adjunctive therapies e.g. supplements.

Treatment Timeline

Since 2017, HAV has sponsored 189 veterans with 7,900 HBOT sessions. These veterans have served in all branches of the military, and in many theaters of operations. HAV receives weekly treatment inquiries.

In 2023, 54 veterans were treated fully with HAV sponsorship. HAV’s goal is to ramp up the treatment to 100 per year. This would require donations of $2 million.