Operation Helmet Fact Sheet: Traumatic Brain Injury is still the number one cause of death or disability in our warriors stationed in Afghanistan…and now starting up again in Iraq.
Request your kit here We no longer require requests be designated solely for troops in Iraq or Afghanistan. Any military member deployed to a danger zone is eligible to request the helmet pads we buy and send: the same ones the Army started with originally.
At the request of Natick Soldier’s Lab, Oregon Aero developed helmet pads that Natick touted as ‘the gold standard’ of helmet pads. These pads were used for the first 600,000+ ACH helmets before the military went cheap with the current pads by Team Wendy and/or MSA. While the current GI helmet pads pass the same laboratory tests as those by Oregon Aero, they have proven so hard and unyielding that troops take their brain buckets off or loosen the chin strap for pressure relief, severely compromising protection. In addition, The Lawrence Livermore National Research lab found that too-hard helmet pads actually add to brain damage from a blast wave, further adding to the incidence of TBI.
Make a Donation PLEASE…we’re getting down near the bottom of our bank account and troops in combat need your/our help. If everyone waits for ‘someone else’ to do it, it won’t get done. YOU and I are that ‘someone’ and we appreciate your help. See the emails at the Military link for our warriors heartfelt requests for your help. We redact name and unit for Operational Security…and to prevent back-blast from the Pentagon, everything else is unchanged except the occasional deletion of expletives. Your donation is Tax Deductible … Feel free to ask clubs, leagues, schools, churches, companies you may work for, etc. for donations as well.
Combat is NOT over and will extend until at least the end of 2014…and beyond. Even then, the US will have troops in-country and exposed to danger as they train and lead Afghan Army and Police into action. America will maintain troops in Afghanistan for the near future, all in harm’s way! New threats are popping up all over the map. We aren’t finished with our job yet. Please help,
OPERATION HELMET provides helmet upgrade kits free of charge to troops in Afghanistan and other dangerous areas, as well as to those ordered to deploy in the near future. These helmet upgrades do four primary things:
- Protection – Shock-absorbing pads keep the helmet from slapping the skull when hit with blast forces, fragments, or being tumbled along the ground or inside a vehicle. Keeps blast-wave from transmitting flexure of the Kevlar shell directly to the skull via too-stiff pads. This decreases the chance of brain injury from IED’s, bombs, RPG’s, vehicle accidents, falls, etc.
- Comfort – If it is comfortable, it will stay on troop’s head longer and more often.
- Stability – Keeps the helmet firmly on the head and out of the eyes.
- Durability – Doesn’t need to be replaced after one month of wear – hard to do when at a Combat Outpost or Forward Operating Base an eternity from a logistics supply point.
Operation Helmet doesn’t design or manufacture helmet pads, just identifies and buys the best ones we have found that have been approved by the military, have been proven in service by US troops and meet operational (protection and comfort) needs of combat troops. We then buy and send the helmet pad kits free to requesting troops ‘outside the wire’ in Afghanistan. If and when more combat areas open up, we shall do the same for all hands at risk.
c/o Dr. Bob Meaders
74 Greenview Street
Montgomery, TX 77356
Telephone: 936-449-9706. Answered gladly 8AM-5PM CST Monday through Friday (sorry, English only) Reluctantly answered before and after… (this is our home phone also, but if you think it’s an emergency, go ahead and call at other times)
We are a 100% volunteer, non-partisan, charitable organization headquartered in Montgomery, Texas (near Houston) with volunteer operations around the country. 99.96% of all contributions are used to send upgrade kits to our troops! We have less than one-half of one percent overhead which is used to for very limited expenses related to bank charges or resending upgrade kits that didn’t reach the addressee. This is a labor of love and duty to our fellow Service members. We have no salaries or payroll. Doc Bob covers all office expenses.
Below, we’ve selected a few ‘telling’ emails as to why we keep on doing what our troops ask of us:
12/15/2014: Afghanistan: We wear our ECH (Enhanced Combat Helmet) every day for 12 plus hours at a time. They are causing my guys to have headaches and they are constantly adjusting their helmets. This is detracting a significant amount of attention from security. Security is what keeps us alive. We cannot afford to have even a few seconds of distraction from this. We would really appreciate it if you would send us some better equipment so that my men could stay more focused on the mission and less occupied by unsatisfactory equipment. Thank you so much.
Email from Afghanistan 8/15/2014: Being the small team we are, everyone has their part. For example Some of the staff officers are gunners and or drivers. Adjusting the helmet in any situation could be detrimental to the mission, especially for reaction time on the roadway with traffic. We travel through a city multiple times a week to get to our destination for advising. The people here put the drivers in New York City to shame. Headaches caused by pads can have a chain reaction effect that could be dangerous to the personnel in the vehicle as well as the ones outside. It is not easy to maneuver or stop one of these MAT-V’s on a dime if there is an issue or a distraction of a adjustment needed due to a headache caused by the pads. Let alone the incapacitation of a soldier if the pain is that severe to migraine level that they can’t complete the mission. I actually am the main CROW gunner for the team controlling the .50 so we do a variety of tasks. O-5, USArmy