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Dr. Robert H. Meaders

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Cher Style

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Background Information

Employment History

Captain, Medical Corps, President, Operation Helmet

USN-Retired

Researcher

The BLSS Kit

Eye Specialist

Medical Corps , USN-Ret

Founder and Cher, Entertainer

Washington Journal

Navy Doctor

Vietnam War

Combat Engineer Trainee

Camp Pendleton

Affiliations

Board Member
Operation Helmet Inc

Founder and Cher
Supporters Direct

Founder
OpHelm

Education

MD

bachelor of science degree

Southern Methodist University

medical degree

University of Texas' Southwestern Medical School

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Cher Style - News

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Then I talked to Dr. (Bob) Meaders , the whole thing about the helmet fund.

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Dr. Meaders was just trying to do something for his grandson and then for his grandson's squad.People started hearing about it.I guess other squads , were in contact with them and that's when he formed the thing.He could no longer afford it by himself and just started getting donations.
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Question from the chair to Meaders: "Do you want to acknowledge your largest donor?"
"Cher's been an amazing supporter, and she's been a great PR person and is now our celebrity spokesperson," Meaders drawled.
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Throughout the 2.5-hour hearing, Cher sat quietly behind Bob Meaders, a retired Navy doctor and founder of Operation Helmet, a non-profit group that provides upgraded helmets for free.
He told the committee that he started Operation Helmet after his grandson , a Marine serving in Iraq , called and asked for advice on special foam pads that absorb the shock from concussive impacts, much the way an NFL helmet protects football players.
In regular military helmets, Meaders said, there is nothing that separates the head from the helmet except air and a nylon strap."This helmet is great at deflecting bullets," he said.
But in a blast or vehicle crash, for example, Meaders said the Kevlar helmet can slam against the head, causing skull fractures, internal bleeding and brain bruising.
"Your head becomes a clanger in a Kevlar bell, and will do significant damage to you," he said.
Meaders said his group has provided about 8,700 of the upgraded helmets to troops in Iraq."It's a drop in the bucket but I hope it makes some difference," he said.
Meaders said Cher has become a "major contributor and wonderful supporter.""She's been a great PR person and is now our celebrity spokesperson," Meaders said.
Cher Is "Great PR"
It's a cause she is passionate about.On Memorial Day weekend, she even called into C-SPAN to promote the issue.It was 4:20 a.m. Pacific Time on a Sunday morning.During the call, she denounced Congress for sending "the men and women of our armed forces into battle without the proper helmets."


Board and Advisory Board

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Founder, President Robert H. Meaders, MD. CAPT, Medical Corps, USN-Retired, Viet Nam vet. Flight Surgeon, Senior Naval Parachutist, Diver (SCUBA). Pilot, Single/Multi Engine Land and Sea, Instrument rated. Flight Instructor, Board certified in Preventive Medicine (Aerospace) and Ophthalmology. Ex-Medical Director, International Eye Foundation. Contact: ophelm@operation-helmet.org.


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by Bob Meaders


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Founder, President Robert H. Meaders, MD. CAPT, Medical Corps, USN-Retired, Viet Nam vet. Flight Surgeon, Senior Naval Parachutist, Diver (SCUBA). Pilot, SMELS, Flight Instructor, Board certified in Preventive Medicine (Aerospace) and Ophthalmology. Ex-Medical Director, International Eye Foundation. Contact: ophelm@operation-helmet.org.


US Navy Beach Jumpers Association

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Operation Helmet, led by Dr. Robert Meaders, a former naval flight surgeon, ophthalmologist and dive master, has been providing Kevlar helmet upgrade kits to troops since February 2004, and today the America Supports You member has provided nearly 4,800 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines with the kits.

"My grandson, a Marine combat engineer at the time, was told by a gunnery sergeant during training for convoy duty to get the upgrade if they could - just might save their lives," Meaders said.
Meaders' grandson called him. and Meaders researched the kits. He provided his grandson's rifle team with the kits, but soon his grandson's entire company requested the kits. In fact, grandson and team refused to wear the kits unless the whole company had them. "The rest is history," Meaders said.
Meaders then created a Web site where deployed military personnel can request a free helmet upgrade kit. The site also has a way for citizens to donate and help the nonprofit group provide kits to the troops. Funding for the kits comes from the donations.
Daily, Meaders said, he gets e-mails from U.S. forces requesting the added measure of protection. Meaders said that in addition to providing enhanced blast protection, the helmet upgrades are more comfortable and stable than the strap suspensions issued to personnel.
Meaders, whose support to the U.S. military was recognized in a letter from Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, said that Kevlar helmets offer the best protection known from bullets and small shrapnel, the main danger in previous combat engagements.
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According to Meaders and military medical research conducted at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, IED blast waves are causing severe head trauma to their victims. But in addition to being injured by the blast wave, many personnel are also injured by shrapnel and because they are thrown from their vehicles or from where they were standing at the time of the explosion.
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The strap suspension system issued to most deployed personnel allows the helmet to rock on the head, making violent contact with the skull in an area about the size of a ball-peen hammer, Meaders said. The impact, if severe enough, causes skull fractures, intracranial bleeding, and concussions resulting in death or disabling injuries.
The helmet kits provided by Meaders' organization provide a shock-absorbing pad suspension system that costs about $100 from commercial providers and can be installed in 15 minutes.
Many troops have told Meaders that lining the helmet with shock-absorbing pads and a better suspension system also keeps the helmet stable when wearing night-vision goggles, when soldiers run, bend over or perform normal rigorous physical actions during their missions.
Meaders, a Vietnam War veteran, likened his support of the global war on terror to earlier days in U.S. history when citizens rallied around the soldiers of World War II. All monies donated to Operation Helmet go to the shipment and purchase of helmet kits, Meaders said.
"My wife and I have donated between $500 and $1,000 per month," Meaders said. "We can't ask others to help if we don't set an example. ... People are doing what Americans have done since the Revolutionary War -- that is, pitch in and help the government both supply the troops and make their lives a bit easier."
Meaders said the Army is now providing padded helmets to its deploying personnel, and the Air Force and Marine Corps are forming study groups to examine the value of the kits. But for now, visitors to Meaders' site keep contributing and helping.

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