Healing Heroes Network
How Healing Heroes Network Help Our Veterans
Healing Heroes Network is a Florida based nonprofit organization that was founded in 2008, by Dr. Allan Spiegel and his neurologist wife Stacey Spiegel. The heartening network aims at helping wounded veterans to overcome injuries or disorders that came from being at war. Although some injuries are covered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, their services are limited, delayed or completely unavailable.
Healing Heroes Network provides assistance for urgently needed services and therapies for injuries such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, which are often overlooked or treated incorrectly.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Every day, over 20 American war heroes take their own lives, and over 20% of American Veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Symptoms include flashbacks, and the disorder is usually accompanied by depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Less than 50% of post traumatic disorder suffers seek help, and for the ones who do, it is normally inadequate treatment.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Often called the ‘signature wound’ of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, this injury is caused by either a head injury, or a sudden trauma which disturbs the function of the brain. Between 10 and 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have suffered from this, which symptoms include concussion, headaches, amnesia, constant vomiting, seizures, slurred speech and much more.
How Healing Heroes Network helps
Healing Heroes Network is trying to change these severe statistics, by increasing awareness of these often untreated injuries, and offering support and services. There is now a large network of medical professionals offering to help injured military personnel and provide quality care. Healing Heroes Network also provides financial assistance for wounded soldiers requiring treatment, and for services or treatments which have been delayed or unavailable by the Veterans Benefit System. In addition to funding treatments, Healing Heroes Network also provides financial support for families of wounded heroes which would include food, shelter and clothing. Donations to the network can be given online if you want to support this service.
They also run a variety of Programs, such as the Tablets for Heroes Program, which provides tablet computers to injured veterans, to help them become more self-sufficient and to keep in touch with doctors and family members. As well as the programs, they also run events such as the annual Healing Heroes Freedom Fest held in Florida, and campaigns such as their Harleys for Heroes Sweepstakes where winners can go home with a Harley Davidson motorbike and a year’s worth of gasoline.
Helping both veterans and their families, who have sacrificed their lives, Healing Heroes Network aims at restoring soldiers’ lives back to normal, like before they went to war, and help them to return to better, more productive lives. So far, they have funded thousands of treatments to injured soldiers all over the USA. The number of lives that have been helped, changed and touched by this network is immense, all of whom are extremely grateful for the help and support that the network has given them.