Welcome to our comprehensive guide on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) specifically tailored for veterans in North Carolina. This guide aims to provide you with essential information about HBOT, its benefits, eligibility criteria, and how you can access this treatment.

1. What is HBOT?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a medical treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized environment. It is known for its effectiveness in treating conditions like Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

NC Senate Bill 442 and HBOT for Veterans Thanks to NC Senate Bill 442, veterans in North Carolina can access HBOT as a treatment option. This bill is a significant step towards acknowledging and addressing the unique health challenges faced by our veterans.

2. Eligibility and Benefits

Who is Eligible?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment under this program is available to veterans who meet specific criteria, particularly those suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). To qualify for HBOT, veterans should ideally meet the following expanded criteria:

  1. Proof of Military Service: Veterans must provide documentation of their service in the armed forces. This includes discharge papers or any official military record that confirms their status as a veteran.
  2. Medical Diagnosis: Eligibility requires a formal medical diagnosis of TBI or PTSD. This diagnosis should be made by a licensed healthcare professional, ideally with experience in treating veterans.
  3. Severity of Condition: Priority may be given to veterans with moderate to severe levels of TBI or PTSD, or those for whom traditional treatments have not been effective.
  4. Residency in North Carolina: Veterans must be residents of North Carolina or must be able to travel to the state for treatment sessions.
  5. Referral from a Healthcare Provider: In some cases, a referral from a current healthcare provider might be necessary, indicating that HBOT is a recommended course of treatment.
  6. Completion of Preliminary Assessments: Some veterans may be required to undergo preliminary assessments to ensure that HBOT is a safe and suitable treatment option for them.
  7. Commitment to Treatment Schedule: Veterans must be willing and able to commit to the full course of treatment, which includes regular attendance at HBOT sessions for the duration prescribed.

Benefits of HBOT

Veterans undergoing HBOT may experience a range of benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Reduced Symptoms of TBI and PTSD: Many veterans report a noticeable decrease in the symptoms associated with TBI and PTSD.
  • Improved Cognitive Functions: HBOT can lead to improvements in memory, concentration, and other cognitive functions affected by TBI or PTSD.
  • Better Sleep Quality: Many veterans find that HBOT helps in regulating their sleep patterns, leading to improved overall sleep quality.
  • Enhanced Emotional Well-Being: HBOT can contribute to improved mood and emotional regulation, which is particularly beneficial for those dealing with PTSD.

3. Accessing Treatment

How to Apply To apply for HBOT treatment, veterans need to follow a specific process, which can be started by contacting the Community Foundation of NC East and/or filling this form out. NC HBOT for Veterans Application

Contact Information For more detailed information and application forms, please visit Community Foundation of NC East.

4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Eligibility and Contacts

  • Q: How do I know if I am eligible for HBOT treatment under this program?
    • A: To determine your eligibility, you should review the criteria detailed in the eligibility section of this guide.


  • Q: What are the costs involved in receiving HBOT treatment, and is there financial assistance available?
    • A: The cost of HBOT treatment can vary. For eligible veterans, some or all costs might be covered under specific programs or insurance. For information on financial assistance and insurance coverage, please contact us.

Session Details

  • Q: What should I expect during an HBOT session?
    • A: An HBOT session typically involves sitting or lying in a hyperbaric chamber for a prescribed period, usually about 60 to 90 minutes. During this time, you’ll breathe pure oxygen in a controlled, pressurized environment.

Side Effects

  • Q: Are there any side effects associated with HBOT?
    • A: HBOT is generally considered safe but, like any medical treatment, can have side effects. Common side effects include ear pressure changes (similar to what you might experience in an airplane), mild sinus discomfort, and in rare cases, changes in vision.

Additional Support

  • Q: Where can I find additional support and resources for dealing with TBI and PTSD?
    • A: There are several resources available for veterans with TBI and PTSD. Apart from HBOT, support can be found through organizations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National PTSD Network, and the Brain Injury Association of America. These organizations provide a range of services from counseling and therapy to community support groups. We also encourage veterans to explore local resources available in North Carolina for more personalized support.

5. Additional Resources

Find more support and information through these organizations:

  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • National PTSD Network
  • Brain Injury Association of America

We hope this guide provides valuable insights and assistance to our veterans seeking HBOT treatment.