A great narrative of the history of Top Gun Raceway showing the personality of the track.
Great job John and Bart! Give it a look and see if you agree.
Jackson Lombardo Racing to Host Children from Hoosier Burn Camp at U.S. Nationals
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 26, 2015) – The upcoming 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is a much-anticipated highlight on the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour. The event at venerable Lucas Oil Raceway is the most prestigious race on the tour, and Jackson Lombardo Racing is determined to make it a race to remember – but not just for driver John Lombardo Jr. and the NAPA Batteries/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car Team. This time around, they are sharing the experience with a very special group of young burn survivors from Hoosier Burn Camp of Indiana.
Hoosier Burn Camp is a nonprofit organization committed to providing life-changing experiences for young people who have suffered the physical and emotional trauma associated with a severe burn injury. Their annual summer camp and monthly events create experiences for burn survivors where they can be “just one of the kids”™ in a safe and supportive environment.
On Saturday, September 5, 2015, Hoosier Burn Camp kids will kick off an action-packed day at the greatest NHRA drag race of all in the pit area of Lombardo Jr. The kids will experience the 260+ mph NAPA Batteries/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car up close as the team prepares for the day of competition.
Lombardo Jr., along with JEGS Pro Mod competitor Troy Coughlin Jr., Jim Dunn Racing Funny Car driver John Hale, and Ray Skillman Auto Sales Pro Stock racer Drew Skillman will be among the drivers on hand to spend time with the children answering questions and signing autographs. The Day at the Races for these young heroes doesn't end there – Nitro Fuel, the mascot of the Indy Fuel hockey team, will make a special appearance, and each child will receive a special gift bag put together through the generous contributions of NHRA, JEGS, Lucas Oil, Tony Stewart Racing, Comp Cams, Crower, Mahle, The Dent Specialist, and Seals Ambulance Service.
With additional support from Coca Cola, Ray Skillman Automotive Group, Texas Roadhouse, Park Tudor, Clines Hillcrest Storage, Arvada Excavating, J&E Tire Center, Subway, NAPA Auto Parts, A Westside Storage, and White Oak Construction, Jackson Lombardo Racing will also make a cash donation to Hoosier Burn Camp to be used for future events to empower these brave survivors.
"How do you make the U.S. Nationals – the largest and most prestigious NHRA drag race of the year – even more special? You share it with a group of kids that have overcome challenges most of us can't fathom," said Lombardo Jr., two-time Top Alcohol Funny Car division/region champion and 12-time combined event winner. "Saturday at the Big Go, we look forward to welcoming families from the Hoosier Burn Camp of Indiana and sharing our passion for drag racing with them. It means a lot to us that we will have the opportunity to spend the day with some great families, and we hope they enjoy it. We're thankful that they have chosen to join us and can't wait for this day."
For more information on Hoosier Burn Camp, please visit: hoosierburncamp.org. For more information about this event, contact Jackson Lombardo Racing representative LuAnn Bishop via email: [email protected].
July 20, 2015
Find me a race car driver that wouldn't take three wins out of every four events entered, and I will show you a fabricator of the truth! After a sluggish start, our 2015 season is coming right around.
Why the sluggish start? I guess the tough questions make sense. We ended 2014 with an excellent car and program, needed a little more consistency, we revamped more stuff than you would believe. You can change thirty things, and if just one throws you a curve ball, the combination (and car) will not be happy. We tested under the track records at Phoenix and Vegas, all indicators showed we were more than ready. But race day brought challenges nearly impossible to foresee, and a few first round losses. Through the painful process of elimination we went, no one is more glad to be on the other side of it than I am.
We arrived at Tulsa with several things in place. We were pretty sure our staging woes were corrected. We had the new body mounted and wrapped, with Martin Senour's "Paint Store in a Parts Store" theme, and no lack of Rick Jackson and Les Davenport horsepower. Expectations were converted to results, we scored both ends of the track record, the event win, and 85 of those valuable Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series championship points. A couple of weeks later we did the same at Bandimere Speedway in Denver-nothing changes your tune like a couple of Wallys and 170 points! This put us right back in the national and regional hunt.
How can two regional wins make so much difference? It took me a couple of years to fully grasp NHRA's TAFC point system, and then a couple of years ago they changed it. But I will try and make a little sense of it. We get to "claim" seven of the first ten nationals and three of the first five regionals, for an even number of ten (of fifteen contested). A U.S. Nationals or World Finals win scores 85 markers, just as regionals do in Tulsa, Denver, etc. Certainly these varied venues offer and deliver far different exposure and competition levels. We are now several rounds in the Central Region points lead and in pretty good shape nationally. We are just inside the top ten, but with seven nationals remaining, we literally have an entire season's worth of races to claim. And we have a car few want to line up against.
Fast forward to Joliet, Illinois last weekend. While dodging weather and some mechanical adversity (race cars!) we made the quickest and fastest lap of the weekend, won the Jeg's Allstars for the second year in a row, and rocked the national event stage with another track record. Very few drivers/teams have doubled up, even fewer have gone back to back, and we automatically get to defend our title in 2016-no complaints from my center seat!
We did get caught in an interesting scenario, and lost second round of the national event. I offer the following as an explanation rather than an excuse: NHRA was forced to make significant track preparation changes to keep pace with their live television commitment. They weren't allowed time to scrape and drag the surface between rounds, while many competitors were hustled back to the lanes. We went 5.48 268 MPH, low e.t. and top speed of the meet, then smoked the tires at the hit on virtually the same (surface temperature) race track. Seven of the eight TAFC cars in round two were unable to make clean runs. It is indeed our job to get the car down the track, but if I may borrow a term from another all star celebrating group, that was a serious curve ball.
Our plan is to win the Central Region and NHRA's National Points Championships. We have the car and horsepower to overcome the head start several are enjoying; tuning and driving well will get it done. And a little luck never hurts.
We are so excited to be racing with all of our sponsors: NAPA Auto Parts, Lucas Oil, Centre Pointe Collision Centers, NAPA Batteries, NAPA Filters.com, NAPA Martin Senour Paints, NAPA Power Supreme, Arvada Excavating, NGK Spark Plugs, NAPA Belts and Hose, CP Carrillo, Carlyle Professional Hand Tools, Mahle, Crower, ARP, Midtronics, NYNY Hotel and Casino and Twin Palms!
It's a pleasure to race with and for you,
March 3, 2015
Greetings race fans
Whether the lead up is two days or two weeks first round packs the worst sting. Winning it of course allows you to move on, but also allows you to get into a rhythm of going rounds, servicing the car, enjoying the excitement in the pits, and hopefully making small tuning adjustments to steady improvement. We didn't get there on Saturday. The cloud cover brought surprisingly similar air but much cooler track temperatures. We adjusted for it but probably not far enough. All was normal in the staging process against Jay Payne. At the hit the car quivered before getting after the rear tire, starting a move left toward the wall. It motored out a little ways then when the left rear snuck out of the (traction) groove it rattled the slicks and needed to be pedaled. Jay was on his way to a 5.54, the round win, and low e.t. of the event. He would eventually meet Shane Westerfield for a super tight 5.59 to 5.60 final round matchup, netting runner up honors.
We are head down, sifting through significant information gathered, preparing for upcoming back to back National and Regional events in Las Vegas.
Thanks for all you do,
February 29, 2015
Good morning race fans
It is Saturday morning, the skies and breeze are lending credence to NHRA's decision to shorten qualifying by one session and run the race today instead of tomorrow. It looks like we may get a shower or two and thunder into a bit of headwind, but I think we'll get it done today.
Yesterday was simply a long, very odd day, ending with a head scratching kind of result. In Q1 Doushgonian went 5.55 a pair or two ahead of us, same as he did first shot testing on Thursday. That made sense, in fact it was one of the only things that did all day. We rolled up second to last pair with Doug Gordon, an hour or so later than the 1:00scheduled time, all preparations normal. Bring the motor up, inch her in, light the second stage bulb, look to the ambers, and then feel that sinking, car rolling feeling. The car has to roll only about six inches to start leaving the staging zone, putting out each of the top lights one at a time. But remember that's not where you're looking. To leave on the tree you have to stare down the ambers. As I feel it giving way underneath me I make sure I've got all the brake I can muster, then I let the motor down. The top bulb is now out, but we still have a shot at an e.t. slip. Swap feet (dump the clutch, floor the throttle) and off we go to try and salvage something, all we score in qualifying is an e.t. There are no extra points for reaction time, top speed (except for tie breakers), or being graceful and perfect at the starting line. The run was quite good all considered, 5.66 at 260, from a deep staged, off the revs, rolling start. There are no high fives but it will qualify us.
Q2 is on the board at 4:00, but it's drag racing chaos all afternoon. Long oil downs, mechanical problems, and a fair number of alcohol cars collecting cones really taxed the Wild Horse Pass track crew. We also have a couple of cars in class plagued with repeating "blower banging," simply odd. We roll around the corner to the lanes at 7:00!! The air is only slightly better but the track is cooling quickly, this session should certainly be quicker, good for us. More cones, more delays, and it's pretty close to 8:00 when Scott hits the starter switch and Rick puts the body down. The first lap at night always has a different feel, especially because the staging lanes are so dark, but as soon as you approach the tree the lights here are great-all good. We are in the right lane, paired with Gordon again. Normal prep, click it in, look to the ambers, and this time the roll is too much. Both top lights go out, red is on, we won't get the tree. Disbelief is the first thing you feel. I leave the starting line to see if we can at least learn something about the tuning settings, but with the motor off pitch that proved to be pointless. So we qualified with our earlier 5.66, proving how important it is to put something on the board, even if not ideal, whenever you can. Doushgonian stayed low with his 5.55 from the first session, we are sixth and meet Jay Payne in the first round.
I know the questions that come to mind, and believe me we are feeling it too. The long and short of it is that the critical parts of the car; the engine, clutch, fuel system, transmission, tires, are all affected by even seemingly unrelated changes made. We have challenged ourselves with very lofty performance goals and are in new territory with the car. We will get it because we will stay after it and make it happen. More to follow, first round is 90 minutes away.
Thanks for all you do,
February 28, 2015
Good morning and happy Friday race fans!
We are at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona for our first NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event of the year. While we are claiming the Central Region for points, this race will help fill an early scheduling void between Pomona and upcoming back to back April dates in Las Vegas. Our Central Region member tracks get rolling when the weather is more likely to cooperate. This race started with optional Thursday testing 11-5, for alcohol cars the format was three sessions at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 (ish).
While the weekend forecast is more than 70% questionable, it was really nice here, very consistent with our pre-season test last month. The first session saw several cars with aborted runs, test days are for trying things. Westerfield ran in the mid 5.60's, Doshgounian was solid with a 5.55, and we were straight and smooth with a 5.518 at 263 mph for quickest and fastest by a pretty healthy margin. Rick and Les navigated us to the primary goal of establishing a baseline in the first hit. Testing (overall) is so valuable because race strategy doesn't not affect decisions pertinent to the car, and we typically get repeated sessions with similar weather and track conditions. Race sessions are typically spread over 2-3 days, mornings and evenings, you get the picture.
One of the things that amazed me about my Dad's driving was his ability to call the e.t. from the seat, I mean within a hundredth of a second! We don't run radios so Chris Perl and I play the same "how close can you call it?" game. I called 5.52, missed by two thousandths. Sometimes I am off by five hundredths, the smoother the car is the tougher it is to call. The takeaway for me is "smooth is fast" certainly applies to karting, road racing, and drag racing.
We weighed, hustled back, made several (big) changes to the car, and rolled back to the left lane just after the second Alcohol session, the track and safety crews sprayed the track and thankfully made a gap for us. Wet burnout and pre-run procedures were normal, motor up, roll it in, and we are back at it! The second run was quite similar from the seat. It left well with incremental numbers almost identical to the 5.51, then right at the 1-2 shift I feel the first of three left lane bumps. Funny how things work out, for all of the places to have a bump in the track, why does it have to be right there? At the top of low gear the clutch is locked up, the 526 inch motor is over 10,000 RPM, you shift without lifting creating a serious transition event for engine, clutch, and chassis, and oh yeah let's go over a little whoop de do at the same time! The next two (bumps) are in the middle of second, and then not much drama in high gear. We are a little on the safe/conservative side of the new setup, the scoreboard flashes 5.54 at 262 (261.98). Not better but very functional and much can be learned from back to back runs within three hundredths.
The new setup is going to require a little maintenance and a few adjustments we are better to work through methodically, so our testing is done and that's the plan for Q1 on Friday. Our 5.51 stayed low for the day, solid start to the weekend. NHRA advises the schedule will be modified to two qualifiers today (Friday) at 1:00 and 4:00 to get a little head start against the rain due tomorrow afternoon and Sunday. We believe the track record here is in the low 5.50's, we have been 5.51 and 5.47 here in recent testing, and typical to the West there are a ton of national event winning cars here, this is going to be another seriously fast LODRS show!
More to follow, thanks for all you do!
Intrepid Fallen Heroes
NAPA’s Donates $1,725,000 to IFHF Through 2014 “Get Back and Give Back” Event
2014 marked the third year the Electrical Sales Group and NAPA supported the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) through the “Get Back and Give Back” Big Event. Each year, NAPA employees, customers and suppliers together have worked harder and raised more for the IFHF, a non-profit organization that provides support for the families of U.S. military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for those severely wounded in the performance of their duties in Afghanistan and/or Iraq.
Many Ways to “Give Back”
Through “Get Back and Give Back” NAPA pledged to “give back” $1 to the Fund for every consumer rebate redeemed for NAPA batteries, alternators and starters; and for each battery ordered via Direct Ship during a specified time period. NAPA also pledged to “give back” $2 for qualifying installations at NAPA AutoCare Centers and preferred Installers. Consumers could participate as well, by donating any or all of their rebate amount to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
In addition, “We Believe in Heroes” t-shirts, bracelets and IFHF lapel pins were available for NAPA stores and AutoCare Centers to use as giveaways or to sell as a way to raise additional funds for the IFHF. NAPA donated $3 for every t-shirt purchased, $.50 for each bracelet and $.70 for each lapel pin.
Consumers were also able to purchase the t-shirts and bracelets online at a cost of $15.00 with all proceeds going to the IFHF. Customers at participating NAPA AUTO PARTS stores received a NAPA cap with any purchase of $25 or more. For each cap NAPA stores purchased for the giveaway, NAPA donated $1 to the IFHF.
The 3rd Record-Setting Year
In three years, NAPA’s efforts added up like this: $350,000 was raised for the IFHF in 2012; $1,000,000 in 2013; and $1,725,000 in 2014, making NAPA AUTO PARTS one of the single largest donors to the Fund.
NAPA AUTO PARTS President Dan Askey presented the check for $1,725,000 to Dave Winters, president of IFHF.
"All of us at NAPA AUTO PARTS take great pride each July in wearing the red-white-and-blue t-shirts bearing the slogan, 'NAPA: We Believe in Heroes'," said Askey. "It is an honor to support the men and women of our armed forces who have so bravely served our country, and to raise awareness and funding that enable the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to provide care for the many servicemen and women who suffer from PTSD and other injuries."
NAPA, Valvoline and Tire Rama Offer Free Oil Changes
Independence Day and NAPA’s partnership with the Intrepid Fallen Hero Fund prompted Tire Rama to “give back” by offering current and former military personnel a free oil change as a way to honor them for their service. NAPA Billings and Valvoline partnered with Tire Rama on the promotion.
Advertising attracted hundreds on the day of the event. In addition to the 427 free oil changes that were performed on the designated day, 176 rain checks were given to those who were unable to make it. In all, 603 oil changes were performed to honor those in the military.
Steve Postel, General Manager NAPA Billings said, “Tire Rama is pleased with the turnout and said 75% of the oil change recipients were new customers. What a great way to give back and possibly gain some new customers in the process.”
Low Country Poker Run Benefits IFHF
A group of seven AutoCare Centers that make up the Low Country NAPA AutoCare Business Development Group (BDG) in South Carolina sponsored their inaugural Poker Run Rally with all proceeds benefiting the IFHF. The event raised $4,525 through registration fees, sales of t-shirts, motorcycle kickstand pads, Frisbees and other items, as well as donations.
The seven-member group, led by BDG chairman Bob McCormick of East Cooper Auto Pros in Mt. Pleasant, was looking for ways for the members of the group to get to know one another better as well as to give back to the community. The Poker Run benefiting IFHF was the perfect answer.
In a poker run, participants ride motorcycles to five different checkpoints where they draw a playing card. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run. The winning hand at NAPA’s Poker Run was awarded a $500 prize.
One of the stops was the NAPA store in Charleston, owned by Rick Towne, president of NAPA Auto Supply and Equipment in Charleston, South Carolina, an eight-store group. The AutoCare Centers in the Low Country BDG are served by Towne’s NAPA stores. Towne helped organize the BDG, participates as a member, assists with projects and markets along with them.
In addition to Towne’s NAPA store, the other poker stops included a designated area at the Mt. Pleasant War Memorial Waterfront Park and three local restaurants.
The NAPA event was promoted on the radio and at local business including NAPA stores and AutoCare Centers. About 200 people participated including 150 bikers.
“A lot of the riders were veterans and they appreciate what NAPA is doing for members of the military by supporting the Intrepid Fallen Heroes,” said Towne. “Quite a few employees of our AutoCare Centers rode in the event as well as NAPA Columbia General Manager Bryan Bailey and Wholesale Manager David Guilemette. There were also bankers, business owners and people from all walks of life who were riders. About a dozen riders came from North Carolina to participate because they found out our Poker Run was benefiting veterans.
“Local radio and TV stations covered the Poker Run. It was a great event, a beautiful day for a ride and we were able to raise a lot of money for a good cause. We plan on another event next year and hope to raise even more.”
Team Borcherding Combines Tent Sale, Fundraising
When NAPA Indianapolis Territory Sales Manager Dan Twilling issued a challenge to Dave Fay, General Manager of Borcherding Parts, Inc. (BPI) and Gary Lucas, BPI Sales Manager, to put on a sales event like they had never done before, BPI responded, “Challenge accepted!”
Just as important, the BPI team put together a series of fundraising events for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. They included a basketball shootout, a corn hole competition, an IFHF “gear tent,” and a 50/50 raffle. Their effort raised over $1,600 for the IFHF.
“BPI put their NAPA Know How into the day and made the event a resounding success on all fronts,” said James Goodman, Indianapolis Sales Manager. “Congratulations to the entire Borcherding team. This is one to remember!”
Shops have an opportunity to build their business, support the IFHF and have a chance to win a Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition when they buy a NAPA Belts & Hoses NBHIFF kit for just $15. A full $10 of every kit sold will benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Each kit includes a sweepstakes ticket for the Jeep, a mail-in coupon sheet with rebates up to $140 on nine different products, a NAPA Tensioners counter mat, belt wear gauge and instruction card, 25 IFHF brochures and an IFHF window cling. The drawing for the Jeep will be held at the NAPA EXPO in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 7, 2015.
“Our goal,” said Bill Parkin, Marketing Activation Manager for Gates Corporation, “is to sell at least 10,000 kits by the end of 2014 which means a $100,000 donation to the IFHF!”
NAPA Races for Heroes
John Lombardo, Jr. who owns the NAPA AUTO PARTS store in Brea, California, and is the head of Lombardo Racing, spearheaded a project that so far has raised $10,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. While he may have organized the fundraising effort, he said the donation was definitely a team effort.
“Thanks to JCI/NAPA Legends Batteries, Lucas Oil, NAPA Filters, BBB/NAPA Power Premium Plus Starters and Alternators, we were able to team up with John Randall, General Manager NAPA Portland, and the great stores in Oregon and southwest Washington to raise $10,000 for this most deserving cause,” he explained.
Lombardo is working with NAPA Los Angeles General Manager Tim Brown on a similar event that will kick off at the Winter Nationals in 2015 and is expected to raise another $10,000 for IFHF.
Tanner Foust, driver of the Rockstar/NAPA #34 Volkswagen in the Global Rallycross Series and a host of the U.S. version of TV’s Top Gear, presented a NAPA Chassis check for $5,000 to the IFHF.
“I’m honored to represent both NAPA Chassis and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund this weekend here in Washington D.C.,” Foust said. “I’m very proud that NAPA has stepped up over the past few years to support the IFHF, and the great work they do on behalf of our wounded American veterans and their families. I encourage all of our Global Rallycross fans to learn more about the IFHF, and find out what they can do to get involved.”
Race fans also got to see a special Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund paint scheme on the NAPA Dodge Charger Funny Car, driven by Ron Capps, at the NHRA Mello Yello events in Chicago and Norwalk, Connecticut; and on the NAPA No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro, piloted by Chase Elliott, at the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at the Daytona International Speedway on the July 4 weekend.
“There’s no greater honor than to celebrate our Independence Day by having the Stars and Stripes on our NAPA Dodge as a salute to American heroes and to help those who gave much more than anyone could have asked,” said Capps.
From Daytona, Elliott said, “I’m honored to have the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund aboard the NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevy. The men and women who fight for us each day have my full respect. It says a lot about the company (NAPA) and what they stand for to partner with such a tremendous cause. It shows the respect NAPA has for its country and the men and women who fight for our freedom each and every day.”
NAPA will continue its partnership with IFHF with a fourth “Get Back and Give Back” promotion in 2015.
Third Intrepid Spirit Center Opens at Ft. Campbell
In September, the third “Intrepid Spirit” NICoE (National Intrepid Center of Excellence) Satellite Center opened at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. The first two centers opened about a year earlier at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Funds from NAPA’s “Get Back and Give Back” events helped build the centers.
Attending Ft. Campbell Ribbon Cutting ceremony were NAPA Memphis General Manager Brian Yoho, along with Joe Moore, NAPA owner from Clarksville, Tennessee, and Logan Moore, NAPA owner from Dover, Tennessee.
Dr. Bret Logan, Director of Fort Campbell's new Intrepid Spirit Center said, “We are truly grateful to expand our capabilities through the Intrepid Spirit enabling the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell Soldiers the opportunity to heal at home where they are surrounded by a network of support from either their families or the unit.”
Sgt. Maj. Robert Haemmerle, who was treated at the first Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, for a traumatic brain injury he suffered as a result of a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan, was also present. He explained, “My life right now is a testament to the incredible treatment offered by the Intrepid Spirit Centers. When I was in the darkest of places, the doctors and staff and the Intrepid Spirit Center gave me hope and made me believe that I could be myself again. Today, thanks to their guidance and a personalized treatment plan, a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I know that I am not alone. There is no question that I am on the path to recovery.”
NAPA’s 2014 donation of $1,725,000 will continue to support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund campaign to build a total of nine NICoE Satellite Centers at military bases and medical centers around the country. Two additional centers are currently under construction at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Hood, Texas.
Each center will be 25,000 sq. ft. and cost $11 million to build. Upon completion, the Intrepid Spirit Centers are gifted to the Department of Defense for their use in diagnosing and treating returning service members.
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
Organized in 2000, the Fund was established as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003.
Since its inception, the Fund has provided almost $150 million in support of families of U.S. military personnel lost in service to our country and for those severely wounded and veterans.
The Fund relies solely on public donations with 100% of contributions applied directly to Fund projects. Nothing is deducted for administrative expenses.
In 2010, the IFHF’s NICoE (National Intrepid Center of Excellence) opened at Walter Reed National Military Center in Bethesda, Maryland. This $60 million facility is now the Department of Defense’s central facility for research, diagnosis and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), post traumatic stress (PTS) and related injuries sustained by military personnel.
The Fund’s current efforts are focused on nine NiCoE Satellite Centers which will provide state-of-the-art treatment for military personnel suffering from TBI and PTS.