Breathe Technologies sponsored WWII veteran Bob Scott on an Honor Flight to Washington, DC. Bob has COPD and he’s been using the NIOV System for three months. With the NIOV System, Bob says his exercise recovery time has gone from 30 minutes to eight minutes or less. He felt strong touring the monuments. Studies show veterans are at a higher risk of developing COPD. A tour of duty in the South Pacific may have contributed to Bob Scott’s COPD but nothing stopped him last weekend, as he joined the Honor Flight of Inland Empire’s trip to Washington, D.C. Bob says it’s easier to get around now that the Breathe NIOV has reduced his walking (exercise) recovery time.
“The Breathe NIOV provides additional volume to patients who are still short of breath even though they have adequate oxygen,” said Kathi Ellstrom, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, a pulmonary clinical nurse specialist at Loma Linda VA Healthcare System. “When people cannot get enough air in their lungs, the non-invasive portable ventilator gives them the additional breath they need. Bob will use the NIOV during our visit to the monuments to help him feel less short of breath.”
Ellstrom will attend the September Honor Flight of Inland Empire trip as a guardian for Scott and two other veterans. Scott, who served as a midshipman in the Navy during World War II, began using the Breathe NIOV System three months ago.
“With COPD my lungs really deteriorated, everything just took so much longer. I was exhausted by daily chores and found I had to take around thirty minutes to rest between tasks just to recover,” said Scott. “But now that I use the Breathe NIOV System, my recovery time has been reduced to eight minutes or less. I’m sold on the technology and feel like I’ve gained my independence back.”
Scott is flying with the Honor Flight of Inland Empire and Breathe Technologies is the first corporate donor for this region. Local fundraising events and individual donors have historically provided the funding needed for the Honor Flight of Inland Empire’s trips.
“I’ve seen how difficult it is for people with COPD to make this trip and it’s wonderful to know that there’s something that will make it easier for them to enjoy their time visiting the monuments that were built to honor their service,” said Marva X, the fundraising chair for the Honor Flight of Inland Empire. “It’s doubly rewarding for us that the company that makes the device is also sponsoring veterans with COPD to go on the trip.”
“My father was a WWII veteran and it means a lot to all of us at Breathe to be able to support the greatest generation in this capacity,” said Larry Mastrovich, president and CEO, Breathe Technologies. “After everything they have done for our country, we are honored to enable Mr. Scott and other veterans to participate in the Honor Flight program.”