The Veterans Recovery Pilot Program will serve eligible military veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury through diagnostic services, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and support services. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the medical therapeutic use of oxygen at a higher atmospheric pressure. This treatment is being researched for people exhibiting PTSD and TBI.
House Bill 271, 85th Legislature, 2017, Regular Session, directs HHSC to create and operate the program, subject to available funding. The Office of Acquired Brain Injury is evaluating the next steps to program development.
Establishing the Veterans Recovery Account
H.B. 271 also established the veterans recovery account which can receive funds via gifts, grants and other donations, in addition to interest earned on the account. Funds in the account can be used to pay for program administration costs, diagnostic testing and treatment of veterans with PTSD or TBI, and any necessary travel and living expenses for a veteran receiving treatment in the pilot program.
Donations to the Veterans Recovery Pilot Program can be mailed to:
Accounts Receivables Tracking System
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
P.O. Box 149055 - MC 1470
Austin, TX 78714-9055
Note account No. 5169 or “Veterans Recovery Account” in the memo section of the payment.
To learn more, contact the Office of Acquired Brain Injury at 512-706-7191 or by email.