Doc Bob’s Blog

The unfiltered postings of a retired Navy Captain and Medical Doctor – fellow with the American Board of Preventative Medicine (Aerospace) and Ophthalmology and is certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Born and raised in Glen Rose, Texas, Meaders received a bachelor of science degree from Southern Methodist University and his medical degree from the University of Texas’ Southwestern Medical School. Vietnam Veteran.


Mark Meaders

Our old Frontpage powered website finally gave up late last week and we are now about halfway through the upgrade to a new engine.  Please forgive the broken links and missing graphics.  The most critical items: requesting upgrade kits, allowing contributions, access to Doc Bob’s blog, and providing a way for folks to see what troops are requesting are working.  If you find a problem with any of this please send an email to ophelm at with the specific issue and provide the broken link URL.

thanks, m2

2014 Starfish

Making a difference, one warrior at a time: The Starfish Story A man was walking towards the beach and saw a young boy bend over, pick something up and toss it gently into the ocean. Bemused, the man watched the boy do the same thing over and over. He walked over to the boy and…

2014 Needs

Our troops are fighting, risking life and limb in the face of IED’s and other ambushes in order to protect YOUR life and the future safety of America. If able, PLEA$E Make a Donation today. It’s a matter of life and death for our combat troops. And it’s tax deductable, as we’re a 501-c-3 public charity paying no…

2014 Cher

Wife LaVera and I were able to spend a short while backstage with Cher this week in Houston…she loves the troops and encourages us to keep on keeping on…and we will.


How about using some of your tax refund to help these guys and others like them going outside the wire daily at great risk, doing the job we ask of them. Personally, I’m donating directly to Operation Helmet from my IRA; that way there’s no tax consequence for the withdrawal. Can’t keep that up too long, but will do it as long as possible. Old saying: you can eat an elephant if you do it one bite at a time. My teeth are getting sore.

Cat’s have been know to walk away, relatively uninjured from falls over 7 stories high (Google told me this) because:

1) Cats relax and spread the load over their entire body.  OA pads, in use are “relaxed” and spread the load over the entire surface.

2) Cats use firm, but yielding legs, and engage their entire body on sudden impact.  OA pads essentially do the same thing.

3) Cats don’t need you, you need them.

2013 Open Letter Mike Dennis

Open Letter from: Mike Dennis,CEO/President of Oregon Aero”  The saga of helping keeping our troops safe by providing protective and comfortable helmet padding.  When Oregon Aero was making the helmet pads, at peak production we created 80,000 kits a month. When the powers that be cut off the orders the pipe was full, it took…

2013 Stadium

Mild TBIs linked to troop PTSD, suicide 
Marine Corps Times, 6 February 2013

“Concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries inflicted on thousands of U.S. troops who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan may be linked to post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide, according to new research. Mild TBI, often caused by exposure to makeshift bomb explosions, can be difficult to identify and have lasting effects, according to two studies published in the latest issue of The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. ‘What these papers say to me is that there is something to TBI, and particularly military TBI, producing specific abnormalities in the brain that lead to more vulnerability to PTSD and to suicide,’ says Dan Perl, a neuropathologist and lead investigator at the Pentagon’s brain repository research center.”


Please pitch in and help us keep helping our troops: Make a Donation, as we’re having to go back to prioritizing shipments by time outside the wire for troops in combat and/or deploying soon who ask for help making their head armor both protective and wearable.

With your help, we’ve provided improved helmet liners to 70,000+ troops – enough to fill this stadium.  Another 62,000 of our finest are still in harm’s way in Afghanistan.  Please help us bring them home safely.


Thanks to Dave Clements Photography for this dramatic photo; and he has a signed Merle Haggard White Fender Telecaster he will donate if someone is willing to step up to the plate and make a significant offer. Some have sold for $6,000+.

BTW: If you think YOU AND I are tired of this war, give a thought to the warrior in his/her fourth or fifth deployment facing incredible danger while the US public yawns. ‘Combat’ will continue until at least 2014, and 10,000 troops will remain even then!

2013 Updates

Consider this email of 21 Nov: Several Soldiers are complaining of improper fitting and wear of the helmet. The padding is extremely uncomfortable, and wears out quickly. Thank you very much for your thoughts and consideration.  As I am sure you have heard things are very hard to come by these days here. With the talk…