“My name is Robert Girard and I would like to take the time to say thank to your organization for what you do and especially to one of your members Dr. Robert G. Frieman at 8838 Waltham Woods RD, Baltimore, MD . I am a disabled Vietnam veteran (a double amputee, both legs below knees) and recently while visiting my son in Baltimore I was suffering from lower back pain and my son took me to visit DR. Frieman. DR Frieman took very good care of me and when I asked to settle the charges Dr. Frieman explained the Patriot Project to me and explained that he donated his services to me. I was very grateful for his help and service. This is the first time I have heard of the Patriot Project. If you have doctors near Shrewsbury,MA ( im traveling there) or Melbourne FL I would certainly like to be informed so that I may visit them. Again in grateful appreciation thank you DR. Robert G. Frieman.”
Sgt. Jackson Miller
"Good evening. I want to commend one of your team members. I’m a disabled veteran 100% p&t. My granddaughter found your project through Instagram and put me in touch with the Ohio Director. Sydney answered all my questions and was very patient with me as I am hard of hearing. I had to call her multiple times and each time she was very pleasant to deal with. I had a hard time finding a doctor with availability so she helped me get my first appointment. After three adjustments I’m no longer taking Tramadol and feel like I’m in control of my pain. Thank you for starting this project. I feel like I’m on the path to getting my life back."
I've signed up, but I don't see my office/name listed under my state. Why?A:
To be listed, a few things need to happen.
1. You must sign up as a member chiropractor. This is not the same as signing up for the newsletter.
2. Upon signing up, you should receive a Welcome! email. If you did not receive this, please check your spam folder. If you opted out of emails when signing up, this precludes you from getting the Welcome! email. Contact us and we'll be happy to help.
3. You must activate your account via the Welcome! email.
4. You must complete our questionnaire. It is only a few questions, and your answers are necessary to process you into the correct directory.
That should do it! But, if you are still having troubles do not hesitate to contact us.
How do I manage my profile on the Patriot Project site?A:
To access your profile - log in, and pick "Settings" from the control panel that appears on the right. On this page, you can control your page content. This is also where you should ensure your address and contact information is correct.
What if I want to treat more than one Wounded Warrior a week? Outside of that, what else can I do to give back?A:
We ask that you treat at least one deserving individual a week, but if you’d like to treat more under The Patriot Project, please do!
Outside of that, there are so many other ways to contribute to The Patriot Project.
Encourage your patients to submit testimonials. These true stories are invaluable in promoting our cause.
You can also tell your fellow chiropractors about us - your alumni class, your friends, and yes, even your competitors. Our military does not discern who they protect, and neither should we. The easiest way you can support us is by liking and following us on social media. Help us spread the word!
You are also welcome to host a Patriot Project event and feature it on our website. We will gladly promote any Patriot Project promotion or event you sponsor. All you need to do is log on, click on "Events", and create your own. If you'd like to host a fundraiser, please contact us so we can help.
Finally, we are always looking for State Directors. If you are interested, please contact us.
I would like to give a testimonial about the Patriot Project - how do I do that?A:
We ask that you help us build our case. Doctors should document any treatment a patient receives under the Patriot Project. It’s as simple as keeping track of why the patient is coming in and what affect the care is having on them.
Patients are not required to give testimonials, but it would be appreciated. If you are a Patriot Project patient, we request that you send testimonials and documentation to us through your profile. Simply log in to The Patriot Project and click on the "Testimonials" button.
We are gathering this information to use before Congress. It is our goal to ensure every military member is aware of the chiropractic care available to them. In turn, Congress needs to know how vital it is to our troop's mental and physical health. We hope to become an intricate part and alternative to the current health system offered to our service members.
What is the order of events when treating a Wounded Warrior?A:
For a Wounded Warrior we ask that you get a copy of their DD214 and their service connection papers. We ask that you guide them as they apply for their chiropractic benefits. Treat them right away as they await benefit coverage.
If I have multiple patients is there a selection process on who receives the discounted/free service?A:
At this time we don’t have a selection process. You can prioritize your patients as you see fit.
I have contracts with insurance companies stating that I can’t give care away free to certain groups of people. Can I still participate without losing my contracts?A:
If your contract restricts your service donation, don’t despair. In 2002, President George W. Bush signed Public Law 107-135, legislation that ensured that chiropractic care would become a permanent benefit for recipients of veterans’ health care services. Many veterans find it difficult to access these chiropractic benefits, so we provide it for them.
If you are treating a veteran, you may ask them to request these benefits. If approved, the V.A. will send you the appropriate paperwork to become a V.A. vendor. Once this process is complete, you can submit claims to be reimbursed. This doesn't always happen and regardless the patient will never receive a bill from the Patriot Project. As far as we're concerned, their bill is paid in full. We treat active duty military, their families, this would include spouse and their children, service connected veterans and all gold star dependents.
If the patient is an Active Duty Military with Tricare, how come I cannot bill their insurance?A:
Active Duty Military do not have chiropractic coverage under their TRICARE. We only ask to see their TRICARE card as proof of service.
Who qualifies as a Patriot Project patient?A:
With the enormous demand for chiropractic care, we are focusing on priority groups. This would include the veterans with service connected disabilities, active duty military, their family members and gold star dependents. If the retired service member has a disability caused or aggravated by their service they would be qualified to receive treatment under The Patriot Project.
Why is The Patriot Project so important?A:
In 2002, President George W. Bush signed Public Law 107-135, legislation that ensured that chiropractic would become a permanent benefit for recipients of veterans’ health care services. As a result, chiropractic care was gradually added to more than 30 VA medical centers.
In the remaining 120 VA treatment facilities, however—including those in several major metropolitan areas, the chiropractic care benefit has remained virtually nonexistent.
All veterans with service related disabilities are supposed to have access to chiropractic care; if not at a hospital then in the civilian community. Chiropractic treatment is a standard VA benefit. No VA facility can state that they do not provide these essential health benefits.
Chiropractic physicians are considered specialists with the Veteran Administration and with the Department of Defense, which means the Veteran must request from their PCP an approval for them to receive chiropractic treatment.
Problem #1: Vets DO NOT KNOW they have chiropractic benefits.
Problem #2: There is no listing of chiropractic benefit within the VA HealthCare Benefit section within their website except under ancillary services.
Problem #3: Vets DO NOT KNOW the benefit they can obtain from chiropractic treatment which includes acupuncture.
Problem #4: Vets DO NOT KNOW they can appeal their PCPs denial of their requests for chiropractic treatment.
Problem #5: Armed forces families do not have chiropractic benefits.
Problem #6: Veterans reliance upon medications results in a high probability of developing additional health problems and or even developing life threatening/ending situations.
Some veterans have found their local VA is reluctant to send them for fee-basis care outside the VA facility, and have required they jump through many hoops to get a referral for a Doctor of Chiropractic. This is against VA policy and does not go along with the VA's own stated mission to be "veteran-centered."
Many times the VA facility is trying to save money by denying fee-basis care delivered by doctors of chiropractic, even though they spend a great deal on numerous other treatments. VA facilities are unaware that chiropractic treatment can reduce their facilities cost.
Medical literature has revealed that when insurance company limit/reduce chiropractic treatment benefits, their total costs for healthcare, actually increased.
- A patient receiving regular chiropractic care experiences reduced hospital admissions, surgeries, and pharmaceutical costs.
- Studies indicate that greater chiropractic coverage, despite increased visits to a DC, results in significant net savings in both indirect and direct costs.
- Chiropractic care could reduce Medicare costs—both payment for all services and average per claim payment.
- Chiropractic patients typically pay less and are more satisfied with their treatment than MD patients.
- Chiropractic care can be used to control health care costs.
- Chiropractic patients reach maximum medical improvement sooner than when treated by a medical doctor.
- Chiropractic treatment is not an add-on, it is a direct substitution for other treatment.
Services delivered by doctors of chiropractic are part of the standard VA benefits and no VA facility can say "do not provide" these essential health benefits. Some veterans have found their local VA is reluctant to send them for fee-basis care outside the VA facility, and have required they jump through many hoops to get a referral for a Doctor of Chiropractic. This is against VA policy and does not go along with VA's own stated mission to be "veteran-centered."
The Patriot Project is determined to change this, with your help.
The Patriot Project was found by Dr. Tim Novelli, and this inspired organization started after one life changing weekend.
No one tells the story better than the man himself.
- How did the Patriot Project Start?
- Why is the Patriot Project necessary?
- Who are Patriot Project patients?
- Does Tricare cover my patient?
- What to do about insurance questions?
- How do I prioritize my patients?
- What is the process for Wounded Warriors?
- Request for Testimonials
- How can I do more?
- Chiropractor Public Profile Basics
- Why am I not listed?
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Dr. Mark R. Pustaver of Matthews, North Carolina has been in practice since 1984. Dr. Pustaver completed his undergraduate courses at the University of Wisconsin and received his Doctorate at The National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, Illinois.
After starting his practice in the Madison suburb of Middleton, Wisconsin, Dr. Pustaver continued his studies, earning board certifications in areas of Chiropractic Sports Medicine and Chiropractic Neurology. He began providing care for amateur and professional athletes including treating members of The University of Wisconsin Football, Track, Crew and Wrestling teams.
Dr. Pustaver relocated to Newark, Delaware in 1991 where he helped establish The Advanced Rehabilitating Center.
Since 1993 Dr. Pustaver practices in Matthews, North Carolina where he became the first Chiropractic Physician to work Carolinas Health Care System and assisted in the establishment of Chiropractic Practice and Protocol at Carolinas Integrative Health. He has continued his care of Amateur, Olympic and Professional Athletes and is the Team Chiropractor for both Hendrick MotorSports and The Charlotte Bobcats. Dr. Pustaver is also a member of the North Carolina Board of Assisting Physician State Licensure Chiropractic Examiners, Clinical Competency Examinations.
Dr. Pustaver is also the co-inventor and US. Patent holder of “The Low Back Exercise Device” designed to strengthen the lower back and is the co-author of “Out Smart Your Fork” A mindful Guide to Permanent Weight Loss. Dr. Pustaver’s analysis “Mechanical Low Back Pain: “Etiology and Conservative Management” was features in The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, July/August 1994. He is the co-founder of the One Nation Foundation, whose mission is to inspire all people to strive for racial harmony and unity. The foundation provides college scholarships to Charlotte-Macklenburg Students.
American Chiropractic Association * North Carolina Chiropractic Association ACA Council on Neurology * ACA Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness Executive Vice President / The Patriot Project
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Honor, Family and Liberty!
Liberty and Freedom come with a cost. Some give their lives while others come home to support and encourage others who have paid high prices for our freedoms. We were extremely blessed to receive a new home through ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Helping a Hero in 2012. Allow us to share some of the excitement with you!
As a Christian I know that God has saved me for a purpose, I also believe that the medical advancements within our military medical system helped save my life as well as the quality of my life. Not too many years ago the chances of my survival would have not had the odds in my favor.
Not to say I would not have survived, but looking at how far I have come with the surgeries and the therapy, I feel like I have made great strides in getting back to a normal day that could have possibly left me even more disfigured and limited in mobility years ago. I even have Spock ears. That is super cool.
My recovery has been amazing. I have also seen amazing work done for many, many other veterans such as adaptive equipment, prosthetic limbs, and surgical success. I am very pleased with my recovery.
Dan Hahn retired from the Army as a Major General in October 2009 with 36 years of service. He grew up in Ohio, graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1973 and commissioned a Second Lieutenant. His served throughout the US and the world.
He commanded an artillery battalion during Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1991 and had two assignments in the Pentagon on the Joint and Army Staffs. He served 6 different tours in Europe and one in Korea.
Promoted to Brigadier General in 2001, he had two tours in Iraq; 2003 as Chief of Staff of ground forces and 2006 as Deputy Commander of Multi-National Corps His last assignment (2007-2009) was senior operations officer at a NATO headquarters in The Netherlands with responsibility for NATO Afghanistan operations.
He has numerous awards and decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal and 3 Bronze Star medals. He earned a bachelor’s degree from West Point, an MBA from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a Masters in Military Art and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies.
Dan is President of the Board of Directors for the Military Veterans Resource Center, an organization dedicated to help veterans. He served as President of Ohio Western Reserve Chapter of the Military Officer’s Association of America from 2013-14 and is actively involved in support of ROTC and Veteran Support Activities. He has given numerous Memorial and Veterans Day presentations in communities throughout the area since 2010.
Dan is married to the former Carol Charton of East Canton, Ohio (42 years); they have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. They currently live in North Canton, Ohio.
US ARMY * GOLDEN KNIGHT Sgt. First Class (Ret.)
Dana Bowman has astounded the nation and the world with his drive, determination, and will to succeed. He is a retired Sergeant First Class with the U.S. Army where he was a Special Forces Soldier and a member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights. Dana Bowman is a double amputee. He lost his legs in an accident during the annual Golden Knights training in Yuma, Arizona, in 1994.
On February 6,1994, Bowman gained worldwide attention when he and his teammate Sgt. Jose Aguillon collided in midair during the team’s annual training.
Bowman and Aguillon were practicing a maneuver known as the Diamond Track. The maneuver calls for the jumpers to streak away from each other for about a mile and then turn 180 degrees and fly back toward each other crisscrossing in the sky. Bowman and Aguillon had demonstrated the Diamond Track more than fifty times without a mistake, but this time was different.
Rather than crisscrossing, the two skydivers slammed into each other at a combined speed of 300 miles per hour. Aguillon died instantly. Bowman’s legs were severed from his body, one above the knee and one below the knee. Bowman’s parachute opened on impact. He was taken to a hospital in Phoenix where doctors closed his leg wounds and stopped his internal bleeding. Nine months later, he turned this tragedy into a triumph when he became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the United States Army. Bowman re-enlisted in the United States Army airborne style, skydiving with his commander into the ceremony, making his dream a reality. This achievement is just one example of Bowman’s many successes under adverse circumstances.
After Dana’s re-enlistment, he became the U.S. Parachute Team’s lead speaker and recruiting commander. Dana has been fortunate to have the opportunity to let his speeches touch so many from the physically challenged to the able-bodied. He strives to show physically challenged people can still work and excel in today’s society and military. Dana emphasizes the words amputee and uselessness are not synonymous.
Dana has given more than 400 speeches in the last few years and has been featured in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, People and many more. There have also been numerous television programs which focused on Dana and his story. Some of the programs include: Dateline, A Current Affair, Real TV, NBC Person of the Week, Day and Date and Extra.
Dana retired from the United States Army in 1996. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in commercial aviation at the University of North Dakota in May of 2000.
Dana spends a great deal of his personal time working with other amputees and disabled or physically challenged people. "Dana inspires other amputees to walk again. His future plans are to continue to speak to the public and fly helicopters.