The Today Show’s Carson Daly recently shared the story of retired Staff Sgt. Spencer Milo and his experience with a traumatic brain injury, his mental health battles, and turning to the nonprofit Headstrong for help. As a proud supporter of Headstrong, Remedy Medical Properties is pleased to see the organization’s mission to provide veterans with barrier-free mental healthcare gain national attention.
Founded in 2012, Headstrong offers confidential, cost-free, and bureaucracy-free mental healthcare treatment for military veterans and their families. Working in partnership with Weill Cornell Medical College, one of the nation’s leading mental healthcare centers, Headstrong developed a first-of-its-kind program tailored to each patient’s needs. The customized treatments address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, anxiety and depression, trauma, grief, and anger management. Headstrong currently offers in-person and telehealth treatment programs for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other related military trauma in 12 states. Since its founding the organization has provided nearly 70,000 hours of free mental healthcare.
Remedy CEO Peter Westmeyer has served on the board of directors of Headstrong since 2015, and Remedy has sponsored several fundraising events for the organization, including charity golf tournaments in 2018 and 2019.
“We are proud to support Headstrong and direct attention to its important mission,” Mr. Westmeyer says. “The trauma, both mental and physical, that our veterans have experienced is unimaginable, and it’s vital that they receive the support and services to recover and live fulfilling lives.”
On the Today Show, former Staff Sgt. Milo described how traumatic brain injury and other injuries due to combat experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan left him with hearing loss, chronic pain and suicidal depression. Then he found Headstrong’s mental health program.
“I get asked a lot, did Headstrong save your life? It gives me the tools to make sure I never feel like I don’t want to be on this earth again,” he said. He now advocates for other veterans with brain injuries, and in 2019 he was awarded the organization’s Moral Courage Award at a ceremony in New York City.
“I tell folks, ‘Look, you’re going to fall down again at some point. But now you know how to get up,’” Milo said. “I’ll tell every single veteran out there — and every single non-veteran — you’re not alone.” Watch the segment below.
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