– Eula Adams, Neuromonics CEO
Last week, I took a ride in a C-130 military transport plane, toured an air force base, learned about aeromedical evacuations and visited North American Aerospace Defense Command as well as U.S. Northern Command.
What does all that have to do with Neuromonics?
I had the unique opportunity to participate in a Bosslift program at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Bosslift is hosted by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an agency of the Department of Defense. It’s a volunteer organization that seeks to support a culture in which American employers support and value the military service of their employees.
The Neuromonics-military connection is a strong one. With tinnitus the No. 1 reported disability among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a large group of people we have a responsibility to help. In 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported that more than 760,000 veterans received service-connected tinnitus disability. This year, that number could increase to 1.5 million.
Our commitment to helping members of the military starts with excellent products that deliver results. Neuromonics developed the new Haven device, and re-designed our flagship Oasis device, with funds from a U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Act. In March, Neuromonics attended the Joint Defense Veterans Audiology Conference in Las Vegas.
And now, I’ve had a first-hand look at how service members’ work relates to the civilian workforce – to our current and future employees, to our providers and to our ultimate patients. I came away from my Bosslift day more committed than ever to our veterans and the importance of supporting them with jobs and health care – including devices and treatments providing relief for their tinnitus.