Mike, Ever time we talk I forget to tell you this… During our interview you asked me what do I go to Mari for / about? I never answered it fully because we laughed at my answer “I don’t go to her for anything” that is kind of a half-truth. I know where you were heading with that question and probably should have given the whole justification for it. I don’t go to Mari because she has carried the bulk of the weight with everything for the better part of the last 10 years, and never batted an eye or complained about anything, the 2 am phone calls, deployments, injuries, the crazy up and down mood swings with the medications, looking the other way because I was embarrassed that I could not make it down a flight of stairs without stopping, (I knew she noticed) never making me feel like less of a man but above all holding everything down so I could do my job and serve this great nation. One person can only take so much, I am not sure of her breaking point but at one time or another I am sure we were on the threshold of it. She is a good woman and deserves a break, this is her time. I guess I have burdened her enough or at least in my mind I have and I don’t want her to bear any more stress on account of me. That’s the real answer. Thanks, Sully

Mike,

Ever time we talk I forget to tell you this… During our interview you asked me what do I go to Mari for / about? I never answered it fully because we laughed at my answer “I don’t go to her for anything” that is kind of a half-truth. I know where you were heading with that question and probably should have given the whole justification for it. I don’t go to Mari because she has carried the bulk of the weight with everything for the better part of the last 10 years, and never batted an eye or complained about anything, the 2 am phone calls, deployments, injuries, the crazy up and down mood swings with the medications, looking the other way because I was embarrassed that I could not make it down a flight of stairs without stopping, (I knew she noticed) never making me feel like less of a man but above all holding everything down so I could do my job and serve this great nation. One person can only take so much, I am not sure of her breaking point but at one time or another I am sure we were on the threshold of it. She is a good woman and deserves a break, this is her time. I guess I have burdened her enough or at least in my mind I have and I don’t want her to bear any more stress on account of me. That’s the real answer.

Thanks,
Sully

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What Services Does Operation Backbone Provide?

Would you pull your own wisdom teeth? No. Instead, you assess the situation and find who is the best person(s) that can perform the entire procedure properly. The service we provide is just that: timely, properly performed procedures by top-talent in neurological and spinal medicine. 

  • Active Duty soldiers
  • Department of defense
  • Army Green Berets
  • Army Night Stalkers
  • Army Rangers
  • Navy SEALs
  • MARSOC
  • RECON
  • Air Force Special Tactics
  • Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM)
  • British special forces

Cost

There is no cost to the soldier once he/she is selected and accepted into the Operation Backbone pipeline.

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Where are Operation Backbone Services conducted?

  • Annapolis, MD
  • Baltimore,MD
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Williamsville NY
  • West Point, NY
  • State Collage, PA
  • San Diego, CA
  • La Jolla, CA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Boston, MA
  • Washington DC
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Dallas, TX

Mandatory Requirement

The soldier being worked on must at all times have a legal spouse or legal appointed case worker or State caretaker with them at all medical appointments and/or procedures, and consultations. If spouse or legal appointee is not able to accompany the soldier, appointments can be rescheduled; however, rescheduling can delay medical procedures by months.  In short, it is your responsibility to make and attend all appointments. Others are waiting for crucial care. 

  • We encourage one (1) family member to accompany the patient at all medical locations*.
  • Spouses and children are encouraged to be apart of the post care treatment. 
  • Backbone flights are sponsored by JetBlue, and require patients to get to and from JetBlue cities. For more information on cities, click here
  • When traveling, please carry all medications and/or necessities with you at all times. Please do NOT check-in any medications or necessities you may need. Sometimes, life happens and delays and cancelations may occur.