About us

Help restore quality of life for veterans and their families

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our Mission

To help restore quality of life for veterans with service-connected injuries

Grants for cutting-edge medical treatments

Our Focus

Our Mission

Our Mission

To provide grants to help with cutting-edge medical treatment costs and associated travel costs when necessary

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Our Team

Our Mission

Our Team

Officers and Board of Directors

Coastal Authority Care Foundation

Our Mission

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.

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Our Focus

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.


“PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) are two of the most prevalent injuries suffered by our warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan and identifying better treatments for those impacted is critical,” former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, said. These injuries are the “invisible wounds of war” and the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center reported total cases of TBI between 2000 and Q1 2018 to be 383,947. However, many veterans are not diagnosed until months or even years after separating from service.


Mild traumatic brain injury 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. The damage can be mild or severe and the individual may or may not have lost consciousness. Some veterans recover but others will suffer for months, years or possibly the rest of their lives. Symptoms include confusion, trouble holding thoughts, vertigo, sleep disturbance, memory loss, headaches, blurred vision, tinnitus, mood swings, anger, depression and anxiety.


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. Tragically, some veterans with mTBI have reached such a point of despair that they have taken their own lives. In 2013, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs released a study that covered suicides from 1999 to 2010, which showed that roughly 22 veterans were committing suicide per day or one every 65 minutes. This number is even higher in the Special Operations community.


A Department of Veterans Affairs news release dated September 19, 2012 announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense are investing more than $100 million in research to improve diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. On August 31, 2012, President Obama signed an executive order to improve access to mental health services for veterans, service members and military families. As part of that executive order, Obama directed the DOD and HHS to conduct a comprehensive mental health study with an emphasis on PTSD, TBI and related injuries to develop better prevention, diagnosis and treatment options. This research is ongoing and the issue veterans face is that insurance does not cover the newer medical treatments, such as neurofeedback and hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy, that are providing symptom improvement now.


Veterans are seeking out 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 bridge the gap by providing grants that will help offset costs and help veterans gain access to these cutting-edge treatments that may provide symptom relief and help to restore quality of life.


Link: Hampton Roads Hyperbaric, Norfolk, VA

Hampton Roads Hyperbaric, Norfolk, VA

Hampton Roads Hyperbaric

Our Team

Jill Crist

Brian Crist

Brian Crist

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President

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".

Brian Crist

Brian Crist

Brian Crist

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Vice President

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."


Jim Hiatt

Brian Crist

Wendy Merritt

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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".

Wendy Merritt

Wendy Merritt

Wendy Merritt

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Secretary

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."

Martin Dorn

Wendy Merritt

Martin Dorn

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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."

Our History