On November 11th each year the nation comes together to honor the bravery and sacrifice of all the Veterans and U.S. Service Members who have served their country. According to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs there are approximately 22.3 million Military Veterans in the United States. These brave men and women are grandparents, parents, children, friends, neighbors and co-workers who deserve to be recognized not only on Veterans Day but throughout the year.
At The MENTOR Network, we are honored to serve Veterans, Military Service Members and their families by providing post-acute rehabilitation and specialized community living services for individuals with brain and spinal cord injuries and other neurological challenges. Through an understanding of military culture—honed from years of experience serving America’s heroes—we design services to address unique challenges that may result from a brain injury, including post-traumatic stress disorder, cognitive, behavioral and emotional changes, physical challenges, and family disharmony. NeuroRestorative’s, a Partner of The MENTOR Network, programs for Veterans and Active Duty Service Members blend traditional therapies within an innovative, active treatment model to produce meaningful and sustainable outcomes. Our locations in San Antonio, Texas and Germantown, Maryland offer specialized environments designed specifically to meet the needs of the military community. These programs are dedicated to maintaining a strong military culture in which not only our participants but many members of our staff, are Veterans themselves.
There is an automatic kinship that exists between members of the military,” said Veteran/Military Liaison for NeuroRestorative, Rafael Chaves, a U.S. Army Veteran who spent 24 years on active duty. “The fact that we are able to offer these men and women who have done so much for our country an opportunity to bridge the gap between active duty and civilian life in an environment among fellow service members is truly unique.
NeuroRestorative was also honored to have been chosen as a contracted provider with the Veterans Health Administration Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury, marking the first time that the VA has contracted with civilian providers to offer post-acute brain injury rehabilitation services. Through the VA Pilot program NeuroRestorative has had the opportunity to help numerous Veterans and Military Service Members regain skills and integrate back into the civilian community, including former Marine Corps Sargent Doug Padgett. On November 10, 1998, the car Doug and his wife Daphne were driving in was hit by a tractor-trailer. Doug suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and that left him unable to walk, speak or return to work for nearly five years following the accident. After learning about NeuroRestorative through the VA Pilot program Doug was able to receive services at NeuroRestorative Carbondale.
“I can only imagine where he would be right now if he had been able to come [to NeuroRestorative] from the beginning,” said Sue Ann, Doug’s mother. “He’s got a great personality and a great sense of humor. He loves life and he will never give up.”
“We have a tremendous opportunity to give back to our nation’s veterans and their families through our specialized programs and services for individuals with brain injuries and other neurological challenges,” says Tori Harding, Vice President of Development for NeuroRestorative. “We are grateful for the courage, commitment and the immense personal sacrifices of all our veterans and proud to be a part of their recovery.”
Read the rest of Doug’s story here.
View a video featuring Doug’s story and those of other Veterans and Military Service Members on the road to recovery from TBI with NeuroRestorative.
Learn more about NeuroRestorative’s programs for Veterans and Military Service Members across the country.