Irving, TX (PRWEB) August 07, 2014
Over the next nine months, retired Navy Senior Chief Mike Day will be raising funds to provide his fellow wounded warriors with access to leading edge treatment programs for debilitating brain injuries.
Mike Day served over twenty-one years in the SEAL Teams leading his men into battle. On his final mission in Iraq, Mike’s men stacked behind him as he led his team into a twelve by twelve foot room of a building suspected of housing a group of deadly Al Qaeda insurgents. It was 3:00 AM and pitch dark when the door exploded open as Mike flung himself forward. The enemy had been waiting; four gunman opened fire on Mike and his team and within seconds one Navy SEAL behind Mike was shot and killed while the others were all wounded. When it was all over, Mike was shot 27 times and suffered shrapnel wounds from a grenade that detonated within feet of where he was standing. Mike reflected on the incident some seven years later, “It was a miracle that I survived, it’s still hard to believe!” He spent a year recovering from his wounds. “The military did an outstanding job of treating my physical wounds, however, the neurological and emotional wounds were more difficult to diagnose and treat.”
Although Mike retired from the Navy in 2010, he continues to lead fellow warriors as a full-time case manager and care advocate. Mike inspires those who may be reluctant to seek assistance with PTSD and/or TBI through his willingness to speak openly about how to effectively recognize and manage symptoms. He also works to provide his fellow wounded warriors with access to customized brain injury treatment programs that offer a non-pharmacological approach to treating TBI and other neurological issues. “While I am grateful for the VA, there are several organizations that are revolutionizing the treatment of brain injuries, one of them is the Carrick Brain Center.” Current estimates suggest that as many as 300,000 former and current service members have some degree of brain injury.
Carrick’s treatment approach is different as it applies the proven principles of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to heal itself through stimulation of new areas and the strengthening of compromised neural pathways. Carrick’s evidence-based diagnostic tools and protocols utilize multiple therapeutic modalities, delivering real time feedback and measurable results. Patients find relief of debilitating symptoms and return to a substantially better quality of life.
“It’s been a long road,” said Mike. “My life’s mission now is to continue to lead others to overcome the challenges in their life and to join with organizations like Carrick who offer proven new methods to assist in these endeavors.”
To learn more and support Mike Day’s Fundraising mission, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/MikeDaysTriChallenge/fundraiser/mikeday.
To learn more about Carrck Brain Treatment Center, visit http://carrickbraincenters.com/.