Coastal Authority Care Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes, specifically to provide grants to veterans with service-connected injuries, especially the “invisible wounds” of mild traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder. Our Medical Treatment Grant program will help pay for cutting-edge medical treatment, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy and neurofeedback, that is not covered by insurance, which may provide symptom relief and help restore quality of life.
Additionally, we may also provide grants to veterans, their spouse or other accompanying family member to help pay for travel and lodging expenses associated with treatment.
Eligible applicants for grants are veterans with service-connected injuries who are traveling to or live in Virginia to receive HBOT or neurotherapy treatment for TBI and/or PTSD. Click here to go do our Documents section and download the Medical Treatment Grant Application.
CACF was founded December 2015.
The brave men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces put their lives on hold and leave their families behind to keep us safe so we can enjoy simple freedoms and pleasures. Since 2001, approximately 2.7 million American troops have deployed to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan and over half of them have deployed more than once. Unfortunately, many of our troops are returning with physical and emotional trauma
Post traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury (also called concussion) are two of the most prevalent injuries suffered by members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center reported total cases of mTBI between 2000 and Q3 2019 to be 413,858 with an especially high incidence in special operators. Initially, there may be no observable head injury, even on imaging tests and some of the symptoms may be similar to other problems that stem from combat trauma (source: https://www.research.va.gov/topics/tbi.cfm). This leads to many veterans not being diagnosed for months or perhaps even years after they separate from service.
mTBI is caused by a jarring of the head possibly from a fall, explosion, repeated gunfire exposure or a blow to the head. The jarring causes damage to brain tissue, blood vessels and cells that link areas of the brain and the brain to the body. Common symptoms include but are not limited to confusion, vertigo, sleep disturbance, memory loss, headaches, blurred vision, tinnitus, mood swings, anger outbursts, depression and anxiety. These symptoms are insidious and worsen over time if left untreated, often leading to breakdown in relationships, divorce, separation, loneliness, job loss, homelessness, early-onset dementia and even suicide. Many veterans will not receive early diagnosis or will not seek treatment and in individuals with chronic, persistent symptoms of TBI, traditional medical interventions may be less than successful.
A complicating risk factor for mTBI is a person's lifetime accumulation of TBI events. Receiving multiple concussions has been associated with greater risk of developing a neurodegenerative disease like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Scientists have found an association between CTE and repetitive mTBI in professional athletes and combat Veterans after autopsy. There is some evidence from epidemiological studies (studies that use clinical diagnostic codes in health records) that shows a link between multiple mTBIs and progressive neurodegenerative conditions, like Parkinson's disease, as well as increased association between the two with increasing severity of TBI. (source: https://www.research.va.gov/topics/tbi.cfm)
In August 2012, President Obama signed an executive order to improve access to mental health services for veterans, service members and military families. It directed the DOD and HHS to conduct a comprehensive mental health study with an emphasis on PTSD, mTBI and related injuries to develop better prevention, diagnosis and treatment options. This research is ongoing and the issue is that insurance does not yet cover emerging medical treatments, such as neurofeedback and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Veterans are seeking out these cutting-edge treatment alternatives to either augment their traditional medical treatment or when they find no symptom improvement from traditional treatments. CACF wants to help offset costs and help veterans gain access to emerging therapies that are providing symptom improvement and helping to restore quality of life.
We know first-hand what a difference this treatment makes. These treatments have completely turned our lives around. TBI and PTSD often go hand-in-hand and are not individual diseases but family diseases. With our experiences, we want to help other veterans gain knowledge and access to these life-changing treatments. We opened our doors in December 2015 and while we are a newer organization seeking to help as many veterans as we can, we are doing great things and making a difference in the lives of one veteran at a time.
Former Sales Representative for Eli Lilly and Wells Fargo.
"I want to help those who have served and their family find healing emotionally and physically and enjoy life".
US Navy SEAL, ret.
Lead Instructor with CACI International.
Coastal Authority, Owner.
"I fully comprehend the complex nature of the injuries that come with sustained combat and am committed to helping my brothers and sisters who have served."
Board of Directors and Treasurer
Former Managing Director for CMBS and ABS Trading, Smith Barney, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.
"I think veterans are under-served and I am proud to help them any way I can".
AED Roofing and Siding, Owner. Entrepreneur.
"I can see the good that CACF is doing for wounded veterans. I like being a part of making that happen."
Board of Directors
Chesapeake Bay Diving, Owner.
USN Diver, veteran.
"I am thankful for the opportunity to assist our veteran heroes in recovery and returning to a life of normalcy."