Traumatic brain Injury is a serious injury that's hard to diagnose but even harder to treat. However there is an alternative treatment called HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) that has been truly successful in saving Veterans with brain injuries and who were also suicidal.
Brain injuries tend to come with the nasty side effect of making people with them want to take their lives.
The treatment is traditionally used for leg ulcers, gangrene, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Right now, it is not approved by the FDA for treating traumatic brain injuries or PTSD. So it is not covered by insurance. And many Veterans who need the treatment can't afford to have it.
HBOT worked for Retired Army Colonel George Corbin.
Corbin was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and PTSD. The VA offered him support and medication, but it didn't help. He was moody, angry and hopeless.
"When you start thinking in your mind, how to do away with yourself, basically to a point and have it look like an accident, you're getting pretty near the edge here," said Corbin.
"HBOT Saved my life probably. My mood got better, just basically across the board, I was functioning better," said Corbin.
Senate Bill 517 in Indiana contains a half million dollars designated for veteran benefits including HBOT. The state senate passed it unanimously.
However, the bill is still waiting on a decision to be heard in the House Ways and Means Committee.