TBI Warrior Foundation, Upward Care and Project MEND

 “Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek 

Through our services, we assist people with unique health challenges better manage or overcome their disability. While our services always benefit the specific individual to whom we are providing medical equipment, oftentimes our medical equipment also impacts the lives of those who surround our client, including their family members and caregivers. It is immensely important to consider the impact a disability or life-altering illness has not only on the individual living with it, but on their family members and caregivers as well. 

On October 10, 2018, the TBI Warrior Foundation and Upward Care hosted their “Caregiving Skills Toolbox: Successful Caregiving of Veterans, Adults and Children with Paralysis” program, a hands-on training course providing caregivers the tools, resources and information they need to successfully and safely care for a loved one living with paralysis. Offered at no cost to the participant due to funding by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, this 3-hour course was designed to serve the caregiver community through hands-on training of different and often overlooked aspects related to tasks of daily living (bathing, dressing, transference, etc.). 

Project MEND was contacted for a collaboration in September. The request was for a safe-to-use wheelchair for demonstration and training purposes at this workshop. We gladly agreed and supplied the workshop with a wheelchair for use. Participants learned how to safely transition their loved ones in the home environment and when out in the community, including transfers from bed to wheelchair and from wheelchair to vehicle. These valuable skills will allow individuals to safely and comfortably care for their loved ones living with paralysis. 

We are so grateful that the TBI Warrior Foundation and Upward Care thought of Project MEND to collaborate on this very important and informative workshop! 

Learn more about the TBI Warrior Foundation at www.tbiwarriorfoundation.org and Upward Care at www.upwardhealthcare.com. 

We Honor the Brave During Veterans Week and Always

 
 

On November 4, 2018, TBI Warrior Foundation celebrated the first annual “Honor the Brave” event. The ceremony emceed by retired SgtMaj Hector Cerda, included the invocation by U.S. Army retired COL Quentin Collins, PhD, followed by the National Anthem performed by U.S. Army retired SGT Mario Lopez. We recognized the service of a group of selfless Veterans, our National Heroes. The Veterans included all eras, men and women Veterans. The honorees were:

Alan Babin, CPL, US Army Retired, Purple Heart Recipient

Anson Curry, SSG, US Army Retired, Purple Heart Recipient

Cathy Rauschendorfer, CW2, US Army Retired

Darilyn Perez, SPC, US Army Veteran

Israel Estrada, SSG, US Army Retired, Recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal

Justin Trone, CPT, US Army Retired, Recipient of the Soldiers Medal

Lee Hernandez, SGT, U.S. Army Retired

Mario Lopez, SGT, U.S. Army Retired, Purple Heart Recipient

Mark Juarez, SSgt, U.S. Marine Corps, Purple Heart Recipient

Quentin Collins, PhD, Chaplain, COL, U.S. Army Retired, Purple Heart Recipient

Willie P. Peacock, Chaplain, COL, U.S. Army Retired

Each of these Veterans have a story of courage, bravery and sacrifice. We are grateful for their service to our Nation and for making America “Land of the Free Because of the Brave”.

We are grateful for your service!

New Purdue study shows the beneficial effects of service dogs in treating PTSD and TBI

Purdue University, in conjunction with the National Institute of Health (NIH), Indiana University, and K9s For Warriors, recently collaborated on a study testing the performance of service dogs as a treatment for veterans who suffer from PTSD and TBI. Dr. Maggie O’Haire, Purdue's asst. professor of human-animal interaction, teamed with 141 veterans awaiting admission to the K9s For Warriors program. Half the veterans were given service dogs, the other half were not. O'Haire discovered that the veterans paired with service dogs had “lower depression, lower PTSD symptoms, lower levels of anxiety, and lower absenteeism from work due to health issues.”

Dr. Hsiao, a Program Director at the NIH, awarded the Clinical and Translational Science Award to Dr. O’Haire to further fund the study. “The study found that PTSD symptoms were significantly lower in veterans with service dogs," said Dr. Hsiao. "This is an innovative approach to a serious medical issue." When commenting on the study, Dr. Anantha Shekhar, a professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, says “Service dogs are a great resource for veterans to modulate their own reactions and to cope better with symptoms of PTSD.”

Read the full story at ConsumersAdvocate.org

Honor the Brave Event: Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities Now Open

Join us this November 4, 2018 at Top Golf in San Antonio Texas from 3pm to 6pm for Honor the Brave.  It will be an afternoon to celebrate and honor our Nation's brave Veterans and military Service Members.  Come, share and meet these courageous Warriors.  At TBI Warrior Foundation we recognize that we owe our freedoms to the selfless Veterans who fought and continue fighting for us.  We value immeasurably their sacrifices.  

The event includes Top Golf Lifetime Membership, 3 hours of game time, food, and non-alcoholic beverages. 

 Register today!!! 

For sponsorship opportunities contact victor@tbiwarrior.org

We look forward to see you there!

Event: Pre-Release Movie Screening of Unbroken Path to Redemption

TBI Warrior Foundation, in partnership with Frontline Faith, Carmel Communications, and Elizabeth Dole Foundation, is proud to host the pre-release screening of the movie Unbroken: Path to Redemption. This screening will be held on August 15, 2018 at 7:00pm in San Antonio, TX.  Attendance is by invitation only.  If you wish to receive an invitation please contact us at this link or at info@tbiwarrior.org.  Spaces are limited.  RSVP required.

Movie Trailer

Cheering for Team 43 at the Warrior Open

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Every year the George W. Bush Presidential Center holds the Warrior Open, a one of its kind golf event.  On May 21, 2018, the TBI Warrior Foundation attended the event to support the Wounded Veterans and their families.  It was an amazing experience, in which, all the competitors demonstrated a superb Warrior Spirit.  We were blessed to attend and support new and old friends and so many great families.