MyndVR Expands Reach Within Veterans Affairs Community Living Centers and Veterans at Home
National leader in providing recreational and therapeutic VR solutions becomes approved vendor for Federally run VA Community Living Centers (CLCs)
Dallas, TX – November 11, 2020 - MyndVR, the leading provider of Virtual Reality solutions for Senior Care Communities, Veteran Communities and older adults Aging in Place announced today that it has been recognized as an approved Small Business Vendor of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This recognition makes the MyndVR Program available to all VA CLC Facilities within the Federal VA System.
In April 2020, amid the ongoing global pandemic, MyndVR partnered with Pico Interactive and Littlstar to launch a 50x50 Donation Program and donated 50 VR headsets to 50 Senior Care Communities across the Nation. Several VA CLC Facilities received MyndVR headsets through the Donation Program and have since embraced and expanded the MyndVR Program within their respective Centers.
“At MyndVR, we feel a tremendous sense of gratitude towards our Veterans and are proud to be recognized as an official vendor by the VA Community Living Centers. We are elated to partner and provide Virtual Reality experiences that improve the quality of life for our nation’s heroes,” said Chris Brickler, CEO of MyndVR. “We look forward to being able to help countless Veterans through our technology.”
Therapists at the Hudson Valley Health Care System in New York observed their Veterans using the MyndVR technology and noted the Veterans’ positive reactions when they began using it. “It gives us a tool to use as an intervention for dementia residents who may be agitated or restless. It helps calm them and can be seen as an alternative option to medication.”
Additionally, therapists at the VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Illinois who also observed the Veterans’ use the MyndVR technology heard them exclaim:
“That’s amazing, it’s like I’m right there!” – 86-year old Army Veteran
“I like it, it takes my mind off my troubles.” – 42-year old Marine
“It’s very real, I think I can touch the leaves” – 77-year old Veteran
“Research on the use of VR for Veterans has shown that the technology can help reduce post-traumatic stress in those who suffer from it. With MyndVR, Veterans can also work on healing by bringing them back to the days of serving in the military, with experiences like flying in a jet as they did in the Air Force, or sailing across the ocean as they did in the Navy. These reminiscence experiences can be incredibly therapeutic and can have a significant, positive impact on the lives of our Veterans,” said Dr. Skip Rizzo, the project leader and Director of the MedVR Lab at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. “This relationship between MyndVR and the VA is a great step forward in the process of healing and therapy for our nation’s heroes.”
MyndVR has previously partnered with several State Veterans Homes including in New York at the Long Island State Veterans Home, Tennessee at the Tennessee State Veterans’ Home in Murfreesboro, TN, Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home in Kearney, Nebraska, Maine State Veterans’ Home in Scarborough, Maine, and the Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home in Lebanon, Oregon.
MyndVR’s relationship with the VA Community Living Centers (CLCs) means that they are recognized by all 100 VA CLCs across the country. Two VA centers – VA Illiana Health Care System in Illinois and VA Hudson Valley Health Care System in New York – currently have the MyndVR Program.
In addition to being available to Veterans in State and Federally run Homes, MyndVR is also available to Veterans who are being cared for in the comfort of their own home with MyndVR at Home.
MyndVR hopes to be able to provide even more headsets to VA CLCs across the nation so they may continue to help lift the spirits of our nation’s Veterans and improve their quality of life. Any VA CLCs that are interested in MyndVR can have their order processed through the VA’s Tungsten System.