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.

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…

2011 Industry Day

April 1, 2011: We’ve been invited to an ‘industry day’ on the Army’s helmet pads 10 May in Arlington, VA. Gotta schlep ancient self up the night before in order to be able to walk and attend. Costly, but something that’s has to be done…using no Operation Helmet funds, as that’s for helmet pad upgrades alone. Let’s…

2011 ECH

Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH)To Be Available ‘Soon’. New date is perhaps May or June 2012?? There is light glimmering at the end of the tunnel but we’re not dancing for joy until we are certain it’s not another trainwreck in the long history of promises that have not come to pass. The company that makes…

2011 Blog

8 April 2011: A Marine Reserve unit in Afghanistan tells us their CO has threatened non-judicial punishment to anyone wearing ‘non-issued’ helmet pads. Way to GO! Why let troops in combat help make decisions that could enhance their mission performance as well as help bring them home alive and well. “If we wanted you to think,…

2010 Marine Requests

31 Dec 2010: Duties: Infantry Current Pads: 3/4 BLU6 Comments: comfort/protection. LCpl, USMC. 29 Dec 2010: Duties: Infantry. Current Pads: MSA. Comments: Headaches. Cpl, USMC. 29 Dec 2010: Duties: infantry. Current Pads: standard grey pads. Comments: after extended use they harden from sweat and no longer are as useful.  Cpl, USMC. 24 Dec 2010:  Duties:…