by Megan Thatford
March 3, 2021… Tampa, FL – Task Force Dagger Special Operations Foundation (TFDSOF) and HunterSeven Foundation announce a strategic partnership to increase awareness of and access to integrative medicine care for Special Operations Forces veterans. The partnership will leverage HunterSeven’s research on military exposures among veterans and the TFDSOF Health Initiatives Program’s access to integrative medicine practitioners to educate the veteran community on exposures and their impact on health while offering care pathways to restore them to optimal wellness.
The increase in cancers and suicides within the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community is undeniable and was the impetus for the TFDSOF Health Initiative Program and this partnership. Exposures and experiences shared among the SOF services members are a direct correlation with the health conditions they harbor, which have been revealed in the research by HunterSeven Foundation.
“Our goal is to educate service members, veterans and their families on health risks associated with the SOF operational environment (conditions, circumstances, and influences), and to empower them to take ownership of their health and actions (facilitate decision making) in order to mitigate illness, injury, and death,” said Geoff Dardia, Director of the TFDSOF Health Initiatives Program.
Since 2013, TFDSOF has provided access to integrative medical care for members of the SOF community, through partnerships with top-tier health outlets, like the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, Regenisis Performance, Mt. Sinai Hospital, North Carolina Hyperbarics, and CereScan. The program has helped 278 families achieve optimal health since its inception.
“A person-oriented approach to wellness provides a holistic view of an individual’s experiences and exposures, unveiling the root causes of dysfunction. Once dysfunction is discovered, appropriate, targeted, and effective treatments can be implemented to restore health and wellness,” stated Dardia.
The partnership is designed to provide education on critical health concerns facing service members, veterans, and their families, with the intention of optimizing health care outcomes, by providing access to and awareness of personalized care and proactive diagnosis.“Knowledge is power and is the first step to wellness for the military and veteran population,” said Chelsey Poisson, Co-Founder of HunterSeven. “Our research provides insight that helps identify illnesses. This proactive approach to address health concerns is important for secondary prevention,” she continued.
TFDSOF and HunterSeven Foundation, through a collaborative effort, will educate service members and their families on exposures and the benefits of personalized medicine as it relates to providing solutions for restoring wellness among the warfighter community.As part of this partnership, there will be a co-branded and highly publicized awareness campaign focused on the most critical health issues facing the SOF community.
The campaign will adopt the hashtag #understandyourexposures. The two organizations will host the first of many educational health seminars in Tampa on March 25, 2021.
About Task Force Dagger Special Operations Foundation
Task Force Dagger Special Operations Foundation provides assistance to wounded, ill, or injured US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) members and their families. They respond to urgent needs, conduct Rehabilitative Adaptive Events (RAE), and provide next-generation health solutions for issues facing our service members.As a veteran-operated nonprofit, TFDSOF understands the needs and experiences of the Special Operations Forces community. Through it’s programs, TFDSOF provides mission, purpose and focus, which facilitates the healing, rebuilding and strengthening of service members, veterans and their family.
About HunterSeven Foundation
HunterSeven Foundation, a veteran-founded, 501(c)(3) organization, conducts research on military exposures among post-9/11 veterans and educates the veteran and healthcare population on critical health information relating to their exposures. This proactive approach to addressing health concerns is important for secondary prevention and wellness. HunterSeven Foundations supports