WHAT IS OPERATION BACKBONE -
Operation Backbone provides crucial brain and spine surgical treatments for active duty & veterans, spouses and children who need an accelerated substitute to their current care options.
Post strength training provided by (NHL) Buffalo Sabres.
Why was Operation Backbone created ?
After the training injury to my neck & back - non military - (see injury report) I began to realize just how costly, stressful & overloaded some of the medical processes can be on our wounded soldiers & their families. The uncertainty, fatigue, paper work & beacuracy can be at times overwhelming, not just for the wounded, but the entire staff and systems. I understood this first hand with my simple $125.30 bill for my emergency room visit that seemed to be more complicated than the injury itself. It was at this point I began to think about the expense and mental frustration soldiers, Vets, & families, who have real physical and mental concerns may have to go through. Operation Backbone was created to become an extension for our active duty & veterans who need specialized care in the fields of brain and spine . Our non for profit organization provides a possible alternative by collaborating with the VA, and the active military branch commands around the world to assist and treat battlefield injuries sustained in defense in the name of freedom. M.Sformo
What does the (NHL) Buffalo Sabres provide ?
The Buffalo Sabres (NHL) play a key role in Operation Backbone's post brain, spine, and strength rehabilitation. The Buffalo Sabres offer strength and nutritional training at their state-of-the-art training facility at First Niagara Center. The process will help to set a new mission and agenda for the soldiers and their spouses for re-integration into the military or civilian life.
Possible options on how Operation Backbone may be able to serve you;
- If you are looking for a 2-3-4-5-6 set of eyes and options
- Schedule conflicts with your current provider/ can't get seen at current facility
- Your in the process of trying to file a claim with the VA
- Your been denied by the VA
- The VA will not cover your needs anymore in ever-changing regs
- You need some post strength and mental training to get you back on track
- Can't get a referral from military or your current doctor
- The hospital does not have the current technology for complete diagnosis
How do I sign up for possible medical care?
Please fill out the medical Link form below. If your case is a option for our medical team, an Operation Backbone leader will contact you and provide all the information you need to be put into the Operation Backbone pipeline. All of your concerns moving throughout the Operation Backbone pipeline will be handled by your individual leader.
Medical review form link
A note from the Chair -
"From the shores of D-Day to the mountains of Afghanistan, our military fought the harshest battles to ensure our freedoms. I have seen and felt their pride first hand, from my Navy days, to today's wounded soldiers who served (and continue to serve) in Iraq, Afghanistan and all over this world.
Not everyone can serve their country in the military, but each of us can play a role in supporting our wounded soldiers who are far from home defending our freedom.
I'm proud to be part of Operation Backbone. The talent and technology that Operation Backbone has channeled is astounding. From the most advanced imaging machines to the medicines and tools employed by brain and spine surgeons, our efforts to secure cutting edge talent and technology is transformative.
From neurosurgeons who perform the most advanced brain and spine surgery in the world, nurses who maintain and support the entire solider and family, post-rehab strength training and professional athletes who are actively seeking out Operation Backbone to participate, our organization is providing second to none advanced care for men and women around the world who deserve the best.
To be surrounded by such an amazing group of talent is awesome, but to be able to do my part to help provide a second chance for a soldier is awe-inspiring. It is America at its best."
Chairman of the Board, CEO, & Founder Operation Backbone
US NAVY Veteran, Gulf War