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bigtoe2632

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Review for Green Beret Foundation, San Antonio, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was just medically retired from the Army with 24 years in service. I have been dealing with severe headaches for almost 5 years since my vehicle hit a landmine in Afghanistan in 2008. I have tried a lot of treatments and have been told I would have to live with my headaches for the rest of my life. I received HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) treatment in 2010, which the USSOCOM Care Coalition found an organization that took care of housing and the treatment cost. The Army started a study on HBOT treatment during the same time frame that I was receiving treatment. However, the Army did not approve the use of HBOT due to the lack of evidence. Therefore, if a Soldier wants to receive HBOT treatment they would have to find a way to pay for the treatment on their own. Because the USSOCOM Care Coalition works for the Department of Defense, they are no longer allowed to aid the service member in finding a way to fund treatments because of the study’s inconclusive results.

This is where the Green Beret foundation comes in. I know the treatment works, even though it is for a short time. I have been told that the more treatments a person receives the longer the affects last. I went to greenberetfoundation.org and completed an application for help and was contacted by the Green Beret Foundation the following day and in less than a week I was called and told that the funds for the treatment had been taken care of.

I start treatment tomorrow and look forward to the benefits of HBOT. I hope it last longer this time, but even a couple of weeks of headache free days are worth the 40 treatments that are planned. If I could afford the treatments myself I would pay for them. The Department of Defense may think a few weeks of feeling normal does not justify the treatment, but they are not the ones that live with the headaches every day, with cluster headaches that can hit you at any moment making driving dangerous for everyone, nor do they have to wear sunglasses both day and night because of light sensitivity or deal with double vision. The Green Beret Foundation only asked that I let them know of my progress and the outcome of the treatment. This is the first time I have gone through the Green Beret Foundation and I found the process to be easy and the people there have been awesome.

I have many “brothers” who have been helped by the Green Beret Foundation and all have told me what a great organization it is. I thank the Green Beret Foundation for this opportunity and their service in helping my brethren and me with our issues.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing. I have never talked to anyone who has been helped by the GBF and has complained or thought that something should change about it.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Volunteer