Coastal Authority Care Foundation 2019 Annual Report

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Coastal Authority Care Foundation


2019 “Dedicated to helping veterans with service-connected injuries.”


CONTENTS Message from the President




Grant Program


Resource Links


Impact Story








Looking Forward, Support, Volunteer



A Message from the President Dear Friends, The fact that you are reading this means you are interested in what Coastal Authority Care Foundation is doing, so thank you and welcome! Coastal Authority Care Foundation’s team of officers, directors and volunteers is dedicated to helping veterans with serviceconnected injuries, especially mild traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder. We raise money for cutting-edge medical treatment and associated costs not covered by insurance that may relieve symptoms, help restore quality of life and keep families together. PTSD and mTBI are two of the most prevalent injuries suffered by members of the US Armed Forces. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center reported total cases of TBI between 2000 and Q1 2018 to be 383,947. Many veterans will not receive early diagnosis or will not seek treatment. In individuals with chronic, persistent symptoms of TBI, traditional medical interventions may be less than successful. In 2013, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs released a study that covered suicides from 1999 to 2010, which showed that roughly 22 veterans were committing suicide per day or 1 every 65 minutes. This number is even higher in the special operations community. It is not just the veteran who is impacted by these injuries. The entire family is affected by anger outbursts, frustration, difficulties with concentration and lack of sleep (among other symptoms) that is suffered by their loved one which all too often leads to break down of those relationships and results in unwanted separation, divorce, feelings of failure, loneliness, inability to work and sadly the question, “Why am I even here?� Seeing a need for nonprofit focus in this area, we formed Coastal Authority Care Foundation in December of 2015. We are growing and having a positive impact on veterans and their families thanks to our wonderful donors, sponsors, volunteers and supporters. On the following pages, you will find information on our mission, program, fundraising activities and the story of how our program had a positive impact on one veteran and his family. Thank you for taking the time to find out more about us!


Mission Coastal Authority Care Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes, specifically to provide grants to veterans with service-connected injuries, especially the “invisible wounds� of mild traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder. These grants will help pay for cutting-edge medical treatment that is not covered by insurance, which may provide symptom relief and help restore quality of life. Additionally, we may also provide grants to veterans, their spouse or other accompanying family member to help pay for travel and lodging expenses associated with treatment.

Grant Program Medical Treatment/Lodging/Transportation Grant Project Description BACKGROUND: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are the two most common injuries among active duty members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. While some recover, others have persisting symptoms for months or years. mTBI, PTSD and major depression usually overlap. Traumatic brain injury is caused by a jarring of the head possibly from a fall, explosion, repeated gunfire exposure or a blow to the head. Jarring causes damage to brain tissue, blood vessels and cells that link areas of the brain and the brain to the body. The damage can be mild or severe and the individual may or may not have lost consciousness. Symptoms include: Confusion, trouble concentrating, vertigo, sensitivity to loud noises, sleep disturbance, memory loss, headaches, blurred vision, GI issues, tinnitus, mood swings, anger, depression and anxiety. Approved traditional medical treatments for these injuries include antidepressants, pain medication, sleeping medication and counselling. While this treatment may provide minimal relief for some, it does not work for everyone and veterans are seeking out alternative treatment. PROGRAM INCEPTION: April 2019. 2019 BUDGET: $10,900 AREAS OF SUPPORT: Two alternative treatments showing clinical symptom improvement that we currently support include hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and qEEG/neurostimulation/neurofeedback (facilities available locally). We can also help pay for lodging or transportation on a case-by-case basis if the veteran needs to travel to the Hampton Roads area to receive treatment.

5 WHAT IS HBOT: HBOT is used to treat brain injuries in other countries but it is not one of the 13 FDA approved treatments in the United States. HBOT is the use of 100% oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressure. Studies show HBOT can dramatically and permanently improve symptoms of chronic TBI months or even years after the original head injury. Reduction in symptoms and post-treatment SPECT scans showing improvement in blood flow suggest HBOT as an effective treatment for TBI/PTSD. WHAT IS NEUROTHERAPY: Very simply put, qEEG brain mapping or quantitative electroencephalogram, is a diagnostic test using digital technology. It measures electrical patterns at the surface of the scalp which primarily reflect cortical electrical activity or “brainwaves.” This data provides very specific information, “a roadmap”, about parts of the brain that are not functioning properly. Neurostimulation can then be used to send electromagnetic waves into targeted areas of the brain to basically retrain it to achieve improved functioning. Research by the VA and DoD is ongoing and these treatments are not currently covered by insurance. Veterans need help now. Improved blood flow shown on SPECT scans post-treatment combined with clinical symptom improvement suggest these are effective treatments for TBI/PTSD. COST: HBOT for mTBI is typically 40 sessions at a cost of $125 per session ($5000). A qEEG brain map is $400. Each neurostimulation/neurofeedback treatment is $50 and may require 30 to 40 sessions ($1900 $2100).

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible veterans must have medical records or diagnosis of traumatic brain injury and DD214. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS COVERED: We provide grants to veterans with appropriate documentation as outlined in our grant guidelines and application with service-connected injuries, especially TBI and PTSD, from training or combat. Veterans can live in the Hampton Roads area or be travelling into the area from other cities or states for treatment.


Resource Links Here are some links with some helpful information on the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and neurofeedback for traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder. Lawmakers want to expand the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for vets with PTSD, brain injury Laura Grant and Jon Grant – Exitivita HBOT Patient Experience – Traumatic Brain Injury More HBOT Success for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury (PTSD and TBI) Bragg neurofeedback study could help soldiers, others dealing with lingering concussion problems Using neurofeedback treatment for addiction

Impact Story “Neurotherapy saved my husband’s life.” It is often a long road to recovery as veterans go through traditional medical treatment options before trying HBOT and/or neurotherapy a last resort out of desperation . The following is a story from a Navy veteran and his wife about what neurotherapy did for their family. There are many other families just like them looking for help. From the spouse: “Neurostimulation, neurofeedback and counseling with Emily was a last resort on a very long journey for my husband who had tried every option and opportunity he could find. With skepticism and a whole lot of hope, we took the plunge and called Emily and there has been no looking back. Emily's knowledge, optimism and skill set within the neuro field saved my husband's life. She provided the resources necessary to help his brain heal and a tool kit to succeed in the best way he can going forward. Neurostimulation has


provided increased awareness, cognitive function and mental stability, which is the groundwork for my husband to continue on his journey to heal from his blast injuries back in 2012. It has reinstilled hope in his soul. The counseling Emily does in addition to neurostimulation has changed my husband's life. Neurostimulation and neurofeedback take commitment but with continued support, the process works. Good things are happening. Instead of numbing him and shutting him down with pharmaceuticals, it has helped him learn to feel again, address what he is feeling and appropriately navigate tough subjects, feelings and some deficiencies that will never go away. The environment she has created is a safe zone for these guys to let their guard down, be able to focus on healing and open their mind to the concept that they are capable of cognitive and emotional healing. We are so incredibly thankful for the treatment grant from Coastal Authority Care Foundation which helped ease financial pressures and worry due to out-of-pocket expenses, thus allowing him to focus on healing.”

From the veteran: “I was a Navy EOD officer for 7 years with a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan with a SEAL team. A year after I returned, I was found unfit for duty after being diagnosed with TBI and PTSD, among a list of other things. I pursued every option that was offered to me with hopes of getting better. Life got mildly better after my fall from normalcy but in the past year or two, things progressively worsened. My neuro doctor and my psych doctor just prescribed more medications to deal with my issues and symptoms. While I continued to find new bottoms in my life at a progressively faster pace, my wife happened to get recommended to Emily and the neurotherapy she provides. This was the start of a new hopeful path in my life that I hadn’t seen, felt or realized since before my deployment. This is actually the first document I have been able to write on my own since sometime during my deployment. Neurotherapy is the only thing that has provided sizable improvements that have truly been lifechanging. It is the only time I was told that the therapy would work on repairing what was wrong and not simply cover up the symptoms. Prior to treatment, I couldn’t stay on any thought or idea long enough to form any kind of workable product. Now thoughts and ideas stay and I can stay on track to be more present in day-to-day life and make plans for the future. It has given me a positive outlook and completely changed my life for the better.”


Fundraising - Band Aid Music Festival The first Band Aid Music Festival was held at the Holiday Trav-L Park in Virginia Beach, Virginia on Saturday April 6, 2019 which raised over $15,000. The lineup included seven local bands featuring School of Rock House Band with special guest Little Ozzy, Pretty Ugly, Joe Van Dyke, Cradle, EverAfter, Seven Ten Oil and Buck Shot. Other activities included silent auction, live auction, kids raffle, make your own tie-dye T-shirt tent and bounce house.

Approximately 70 items were donated from local and national businesses as well as individuals for the silent auction and live auction.

A big thank you goes to our sponsors ADS, Carrie Copenhaver (Prodigy Realty), Architectural Interior Designs Roofing and Siding, Terry Stevens (Wainwright Realty), Costa Designs, Pelican Pete's Mobile Pizza and Froggie's BBQ.

Other Fundraising Other 2019 fundraising activities included Bucks ‘N Brews Music Festival, Old Beach Tavern’s Veteran’s Day Fundraiser and a Christmas wreath fundraiser.


Financial Coastal Authority Care Foundation 2019 Income/Expense and Projected 2020 Budget Revenue Gifts/Grants/Donations (January – December) Band Aid Music Festival Event Sponsors (June) Band Aid Music Festival Fundraiser Income (June) Christmas Wreath Fundraiser (February) M2O Race for Veterans with TBI Fundraiser Other Fundraisers (June-December)

Actual Projected 2019 2020 $4,989 $15,000 $7,203 $10,000 $15,296 $49,000 $0 $750 $0 $0 $1,063 $5,000

Gross Revenue



Program Expenses Medical Treatment/Lodging/Transportation grant program Other grant program Total Program Expenses

$3,050 $0 $3,050

$47,850 $0 $47,850

Operating Expenses Fundraising Expenses Band Aid Music Festival Other Fundraiser/Event

$10,874 $0

$18,800 $0

$0 $0 $0 $0 $299 $1,127 $142 $0 $365 $165 $33

$0 $0 $0 $0 $299 $1,500 $200 $100 $400 $165 $200



$16,055 $12,496

$69,514 $10,236


Administrative Expenses Officer Compensation • Juliana Crist, President, Program Director • Brian Crist, Vice President/Logistics Coordinator • Wendy Merritt, Secretary • Jim Hiatt, Treasurer Professional Fees Promotional Expenses Internet/Website Delivery & Postage Printing Costs Permits & SCC License Other Expenses Total Operating Expenses Total Expenses Excess Revenue Over Expenses


Leadership Jill Crist, 2233 Laurel Cove Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23454 President Former Sales Representative for Eli Lilly and Wells Fargo "I want to help those who have served find healing emotionally and physically and enjoy life".

Brian Crist, 2233 Laurel Cove Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23454 Vice President, US Navy SEAL, ret. Lead Instructor, CACI International; Coastal Authority, Owner "I fully comprehend the complex nature of the injuries that come with sustained combat and I am committed to helping my brothers and sisters who have served."

Wendy Merritt, 1108 Kittery Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 Secretary AED Roofing and Siding, Owner. Entrepreneur "I can see the good that CACF is doing for wounded veterans. I like being a part of making that happen."

Jim Hiatt, 2701 Spigel Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23454 Board of Directors and Treasurer Former Managing Director for CMBS and ABS Trading, Smith Barney, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs "I think veterans are underserved and I am proud to help them any way I can".

Martin Dorn, 2452 Bullock Trl, Virginia Beach, VA 23454 Board of Directors Chesapeake Bay Diving, Owner USN Diver, veteran “I am thankful for the opportunity to assist our veteran heroes in recovery and returning to a life of normalcy.�


Looking Forward We are excited to be growing and gaining support from friends, family, volunteers and local and national partners. By supporting Coastal Authority Care Foundation, you are helping veterans with mTBI and PTSD be able to afford hyperbaric oxygen therapy and neurotherapy - two emerging treatments that promote healing and improvement in cognitive function and wellbeing right now. Our hope is that insurance will cover these treatments someday with the many studies that are currently being conducted. Until that time comes, we are here to help. Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors, donors, supporters and volunteers! We could not do this without you.

Support Every penny matters! You can help us make a difference in the lives of veterans with traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder by donating at You can also make a donation on our Facebook page by searching Coastal Authority Care Foundation and clicking on the donate link. If you prefer, you can mail a check to Coastal Authority Care Foundation, 1340 N Great Neck Road, #1272-362, Virginia Beach, VA 23454.

Volunteer Not everyone can make a financial contribution. We have events and fundraisers throughout the year, like Band Aid Music Festival coming up on June 6, 2020, where we will need help! Like our Facebook page and stay up-to-date on volunteer opportunities. For more information, visit Email