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Oct. 9, 2014

American Legion Post 5 in Kingfisher Donates To OSU Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine

Allen, KollmannRetired veterans from the Kingfisher American Legion Post 5 recently donated a check to the OSU Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine. OSU-CHS chamber technician Jim Jones, left, and Johnny Stephens, Ph.D., center, interim vice president for research and chief operating officer at OSU-CHS, stand with retired veterans Hugh Branscum, Sam McPherson and Larry Talbot.

The American Legion Post 5 in Kingfisher donated proceeds from the annual poppy sales to the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences during a special presentation on Monday. The donation will support the OSU Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine’s research on hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment for veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

“The generous support we have received from the American Legion posts in Oklahoma will help with our research developing potential treatments for veterans with traumatic brain injuries,” said Johnny Stephens, interim vice president for research and chief operating officer at OSU-CHS. “This important project has the potential to help those who have given so much to protect the freedoms we enjoy.”

The American Legion post was represented by Larry Talbot, Sam McPherson and Hugh Branscum. The retired officers toured the OSU Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine following the presentation.

There are more than 17,000 diagnosed cases of service members with mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries in Oklahoma, according to Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. TBIs affect a person’s ability to think, concentrate, sleep and interact with others.

OSU-CHS recently completed participation in a national study on the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries. Early results suggest hyperbaric oxygen therapy may have positive effects on persistent TBI symptoms.

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