INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The mother of a former central Indiana basketball star who suffered a traumatic brain injury is pushing lawmakers to provide better care for veterans with the same condition.
Senate Bill 454, authored by Sen. Mike Delph (R), would create a lottery scratch-off game, and money from that would fund free treatment for vets with a traumatic brain injury or PTSD. One of the treatments that would be provided through the program is hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is said to enhance the body`s natural healing process by inhalation of 100-percent oxygen while in a total body chamber.
Former Columbus North standout Josh Speidel benefited from the therapy. After more than 50 treatments, Speidel is now a student at the University of Vermont and works out with the school`s basketball team.
His mother Lisa Speidel, along with medical professionals, and veterans groups testified in support of this pilot program at the statehouse this morning.