Saving Forgotten Warriors Receives a Donation to Fund PTSD Treatment for Local Veterans
Bo Winfrey, veteran and owner of Wacked Out Weiner, suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for over a decade after his service as many other veterans. Those with PTSD show symptoms such as insomnia, nightmares, loss of interest in activities, social isolation, severe anxiety, self-destructive behavior, suicidal thoughts, and more. To many, it can be debilitating. Each day we lose twenty-two military veterans to suicide in the United States, over 7,000 a year.
However, there is now a very effective treatment for PTSD called a stellate ganglion block or SGB shot. The stellate ganglion, sympathetic nerves in the last vertebrae of the neck, that control the impulses for “fight or flight” when the body is in a stressful situation. The SGB shot is administered in the neck and numbs these nerves, bringing relief of PTSD symptoms to the patient. The shots are currently available in military hospitals to active duty personnel, but veterans still can’t get them through the VA.
Jennifer, Bo’s wife, found a retired Navy Seal doctor in Annapolis, Maryland that offers the shot for $800 rather than the $2k-$3k cost. After Bo’s success with the treatment, he shared his story with Jeremy Hogan, the owner of Saving Forgotten Warriors. Jeremy knew he had to help the local veterans get the treatment, so he has began a campaign called the 800 Club to collect donations.
Bo and Jeremy were guests tonight on The Veteran’s Show, a Charles Baker Production, for what they thought was just an interview about the SBG shot and fundraiser. Instead, the first donor to join the 800 Club made a $12,000 donation which is enough to cover travel costs and the treatment for the first eight veterans. Jeremy was shocked and overjoyed when the check was presented, he stated “I told myself I wasn’t going to cry.”
SFW wants to continue sending veterans to receive the treatment. They need your help! You can mail your donation to SFW, 1528 Peachtree Lane, Cullman, AL 35058. “Your $800 can change and may even save a life!”