I am actually the mother of a medically retired veteran who is thankfully getting the treatment he desperately needs through Healing Heroes Network (HHN) as I write this review. I consider myself a client as much as my son is, as I am the one who found this wonderful non-profit organization online, in a a frustrated, desperate attempt to help my son. From the first contact I had with HHN, they provided hope that I had all but lost during the long ordeal of trying to find treatment. After speaking with Sarah at HHN, I initiated the application paperwork and have had the pleasure of dealing with her throughout the entire process. The whole approval and treatment plan came together within weeks and we actually had a lot of input regarding the treatment. I had been researching treatment centers online and come across one that had a veteran's first program included, as well as the other key therapies my son was in need of. HHN contacted the center and got them on board as a provider in HHN's network and they agreed to assist HHN and treat my son. He needed inpatient, specialized detoxification, (due to the high amounts of scheduled drugs he has been prescribed for almost 5 years), intensive residential rehab, and specialized Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD), therapy to address the severe symptoms/scars of PTSD and survivor guilt he was experiencing and living with everyday. My son has been in treatment for about 6 weeks now and I cannot begin to describe the difference I hear in him when we talk...it's like night and day!! He has several more weeks to go before he'll be discharged, but I KNOW this treatment has literally saved his life...HHN has honestly given my son his life back. There are no words to express how important HHN is to our veteran's and their families. To be very honest, we have been unable to access the extent of treatment, (if any at all), that my son needed through the military, or the VA for that matter. I am horrified by this and certain that my son is one of too many more veteran's out there in desperate need of help that is simply not being made available to them through the military and VA.
My fiance returned from Iraq with severe PTSD. He endured daily migraines, 2 injured knees, IBS, an injured neck, impaired memory, insomnia, had great difficulty reading or concentrating, and depression. I finally found Healing Heroes Network after 6 years of trying to get him some help. Stacey Spiegel was very responsive, and returned my email within 10 minutes, saying there was Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy available to him at no cost, and a room provided for this injured vet. Within 2 weeks he was on his way to Florida, for HBOT treatments. This staff went out of their way to make Brian comfortable and were very attentive. They are a professional, wonderful medical team, and deserve the highest rating for their great care and compassion for injured veterans. His headaches and IBS have greatly lessened, and his ability to taste and smell have returned since HBOT. His concentration and memory have also improved. I have only good things to say about Healing Heroes Network. It has been an honor to be involved with Dr. and Mrs. Spiegel, Brandi and the staff of Healing Heroes Network.
Review from Guidestar
I dealt with Brandi and was more than happy with Healing Heroes Network. I deployed to Iraq three times and was diagnosed with PTSD and sustained a shoulder injury that requires surgery. Due to several appointments and medications it was difficult to track everything HHP sent me an Archos 7 home tablet (similar to the iPad) to track all ov my appointments, medications and meetings. Thank you again HHP! Chris
As a wife of a wounded vet, you do all that you can to facilitate in the healing and recovery of your spouse. It is a hard reality to know that sometimes you just can’t make everything o.k. Trevor has had a hard struggle since coming home from Iraq . I cannot even begin to recount the endless amount of doctor’s visits, surgeries, and medications Trevor has tried over the last several years. At times there were minimal improvements, but overall his health has never really returned to what it was prior to going to Iraq . Someone suggested that he see an acupuncturist for his chronic pain and post traumatic stress disorder. Trevor’s father, Ferrill Gray was very generous to pay for his visits to see an acupuncturist. Much to my surprise and delight ,Trevor was finally feeling better and showing improvement. Unfortunately, Tricare would not pay for this type of treatment and the expense was getting to be too much for his father. It was at this time that we turned to HHN. I must admit I was skepticle. I thought it was too good to be true that there would be an organization out there that would be so willing and generous to help us. Much to my delight and surprise, HHN provided quick approval, and Trevor was able to receive care immediately. Now that he is receiving regular and frequent care from an acupuncturist, he is making great progress. Words can not express my gratitude and immense appreciation to HHN. Thank you so much for the wonderful difference you have made in the life of my husband and my family. Thanks Ruth Gray
Review from Guidestar
I am writing this for my son who served in Iraq in 2005 with USMC. Josh was a well respected deputy/SWAT member for nearly ten years. He had received several medals, recognition for doing his job well. He had nothing to prove but after 9/11 he HAD to join the Marine Corps. At 27 he was considered "older" in boot camp. But true to Josh's drive he graduated honor graduate. Everything he did and still does is 110%. On 7/5/05 while on patrol his vehicle was car bombed. Normally Josh is the driver but this day he had to take over for someone in the turret. The explosion hit the vehicle and it caught on fire, a credit card size piece of shrapnel tearing through his brain and he sustained severe burns on his upper body and hands. Everyone got out and realized Josh was trapped. They went back in to get him which was not easy since he fought back and is over 6'6" tall and just as solid. There was never an hope offered from the very beginning. I was flown there to escort his body home as I wasn't "supposed" to make it in time. Examining my son I learned that no one had ever survived his injury. The trip back would be extremely dangerous and yet there he was squeezing my hand whenever I spoke and not in a coma. They had to do that medically. The months that followed, infections, coma, surgeries, fevers still no hope was offered, "he probably will not know you" and they "doubted he would ever walk or talk. Too much of the brain had been destroyed. But when he came out of the coma unexpectedly (it was too early) and looked me right in the eyes there was recognition in his eyes. Even the doctors were baffled. A few more months put back into the coma and more surgeries and Josh made it to the next step..stabilizing. He was breathing on his own, reacting, smiling, following me all over the room and moving parts of his body when asked. Then came 16 months of healing at the VA while waiting for future surgeries at the Naval Hospital. The VA literally refused to admit he was capable of any improvement and he was given very little therapy while there. So I closed the door and worked with him alone. Every time he went back to the Naval hospital the surgeons could not believe it was the same man. Josh's neurosurgeon started it all, he saw the potential and knew we needed expertise. He sent Josh to Casa Colina in California. We got there and Josh was mostly bedridden, or in a chair. When we left 2 years later he was learning to walk with assistance and his speech had come back, hesitantly and with prompting but he could respond now. I read about HBOT and researched for hours. I wrote emails and was encouraged to try it. The VA refused. Despite the bigger improvement Josh was making at home using his skills from California, they wouldn't budge. And then I met Dr. Spiegel and his wife Stacy. Dr. Spiegel went out of his way to go to the VA and offer HBOT for free to all our injured but they did nothing. When I would ask question about why they couldn't give me an answer. So I contacted Dr. Spiegel and he explained the treatment never promising anything, but the chance to be even slightly physically stronger on his left side was worth trying HBOT. Dr. Spiegel was shocked to see Josh's capabilities esp after seeing his xrays. He should not be doing what he does. Josh had always answered any questions I asked so we could communicate but there was little initiation on his part. After only 4 treatments it was as if a light went on. We were driving home and I could here him over the radio say "Mom my clarity is better". I stopped the car and said "How". My son told me "It is easier for me to get the words into a full sentence". I cried. From that moment forward he initiated conversations, says hi as soon as he sees you, or when he walks into a room and you are there, talks on the phone, gives his opinions and teases and makes jokes. It is as if all his communication skills just were set free. Four weeks later I noticed he was walking with the walker and me much stronger. So jokingly I said "you should walk without the walker". And he did. Every day is stronger and longer. He uses the treadmill on his own at a higher speed and even this week starting with the incline. He is even swimming now. And his balance is amazing. I credit this to the tremendous strength he has regained in his weaker left side since HBOT. Prior to that he could not push the left foot in a shoe. Now it is not a problem and he has stopped dragging that foot when walking. We stopped using his wheelchair at home. I can never thank HHN enough for adding to the quality of my son's life. He is happier than ever and still improving, even shaving. We will be going back for more treatments and I don't know how they can keep doing this if they don't get some kind of help in return. They are one of the few who show our heroes appreciation asking nothing for themselves. This organization needs to be recognized and helped back. How we are treated when there is like family, not like they are doing a favor. God bless all of them
After returning from Afghanistan with several injuries, I was being treated by the Army and Veterans Administration. However, when a specialized scan was needed to help diagnose brain damage, neither was willing to cover the cost. After contacting Healing Heroes Network, I was put in contact with a medical imaging company close to my home who had the capability, with HHN covering all the costs. The entire process took a matter of days. The results of the scan allowed my doctors to change the treatment plan, which has already shown positive results.