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These are the kinds of burns that VNRC proposes to treat under our Medical Miracle Proposal!!

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I received a call today from the Director’s office at Black Hills VA Health Care System today. It was a heads-up that Secretary McDonald has signed the Environmental Impact Statement on Hot Springs. This document contains the “Preferrred Alternative,” of which VNRC’s “Medical Miracle” is part.

While I offer condolences to the community for the painful disruptions that can and will occur, I am excited and confident that  VNRC’s Medical Miracle proposal will help to make some of it right while at the same time helping burn victims, especially military and veteran burn victims, across America.

Now that the Secretary has signed the EIS, it requires an Act of Congress to reverse. This has rarely (if ever) happened because of the precedent it would set. So . . . the die is cast. The staff member who called me, CB Alexander, anticipated being tied up at least for a week or more on dealing with public and community responses to the impending announcement. We are the only detailed alternative use in the Preferred Alternative, which gives us a huge advantage. This is even more so because the EIS process eliminated other proposals as not meeting requirements.  When the VA saw this as a problem and did a secondary advertisement, there were no takers other than VNRC.

Even so, there will likely be actions we will need to take to secure our place. I feel confident that we can meet this challenge. For those that may not be familiar, we visualize a National Burn Center, based upon the proprietary Elanix Progenitor Cell technology. The burn center will do healing, but perhaps more importantly, will do training on the new stem cell technologies through Minnekahta College. This will be a springboard to extend the new technology to the VA, the military and other centers dealing with horrific burns.  Application, research and training will also be conducted on secondary proprietary progenitor technology in cartilage, muscle, bone and other human cell groups that are needed for human reconstruction. Convalescent therapy will be researched and treated also, to include the PTSD that often accompanies burns as well as hydro therapy utilizing the famous mineral waters of Hot Springs.  It will take at least three years to ramp up the College.  Much time will also be spent scoping and creating the North America Elanix operations to Hot Springs. The actual operation of regenerative medicine FDA Clinical trials will also begin.

All this is pending Congressional, public and charitable funding, so the start timetable is uncertain.   However, as VNRC’s proposal has already passed two vettings, I am hopeful for the best. With the support of the VA, the  regional Congressional delegations and the SW South Dakota communities, it is very doable.

Happy New Year to you all!!


Wednesday Secretary Robert McDonald of the US Department of debatepic-iowapressVeterans Affairs visited the Battle Mountain VA Hospital in Hot Springs South Dakota. The Secretary has only a few more days to make a determination as to what he will do with the closure and repurpose document (Environmental Impact Statement) that is now on his desk. The Secretary went on a facility tour, answered questions and was non-committal as to what his final decision will be. Big Unknown. If the Secretary decides to sign the document, VNRC stands ready to spring into action and work with the Hot Springs community as part of the preferred alternative. If he chooses to not sign the document, we will, at VA request, remain ready to work with the VA to create a national burn center using our amazing skin regeneration technologies.







Bob Krause, President of the Veterans National Recovery Center (VNRC), is excited about the opportunity to make the Hot Springs VA Hospital something that it is not today – the leading edge for new medical technology. Krause says that if proprietary progenitor cell technology for skin regeneration (PPCTSR) is brought to Hot cover-extract-11-28-2016Springs, it will be the foundation for a new national burn and education center.

This is possible because the VNRC’s “Medical Miracle” proposal is included in the “Preferred Alternative” of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the future of the Hot Springs VA Hospital as a possible repurposing option.  The EIS is now awaiting signature from the Secretary of the VA.

Krause says the local Hot Springs community contacted his Iowa-based group on January 11th, 2012 to help develop alternatives to prevent closure the Hot Springs VA facility. “We worked together for quite some time.  In the end I felt the local strategy of stonewalling the VA would fail. We parted ways, and I decided submit the Medical Miracle proposal to the EIS process separately.

“Though we disagreed, the VNRC’s “Medical Miracle” proposal is intended to unite all for the cause of our veterans. Veterans are a very small group within the national population, and we cannot afford to remain divided. We will work with all groups willing to come to the table,” states Krause.

Krause adds that VNRC’s “Medical Miracle” proposes a national burn center and osteopathic college in the Hot Springs VA complex. “We hope to put Hot Springs ON THE MAP as the “Go To” place for regenerative medicine. But the good will of the people of Hot Springs and South Dakota will be necessary. The ‘Medical Miracle’ vision for America’s veterans starts in West River.”

Krause emphasizes the unmet needs of veterans burned in combat. “About 6% of America’s combat casualties in the most recent wars are burn casualties.   Of war wounds, burns are the ugliest. The pain is the most intense, and is widespread across the entire body. Healing time is measured in years. And the visual stigma, even after plastic surgery, has consequences for both family and employment.”

“VNRC will create a national center for war burns. This involves total skin regeneration and also musculo-skeletal regeneration. Our PPCTSR so successful that it even saved an individual burned over 92% of his body — and he’s now running marathons. Once the platform has been developed for veterans, we will expand it to other groups,” said Krause.

Dr. Don Swift

In addition, Krause’s VNRC proposes a college of osteopathic medicine be established to support the personnel needs of the new regenerative technologies that will be emphasized. “Our proposed President for Minnekahta College is Dr. Don Swift. He is one of the founders of Lewis and Clark Specialty Hospital in Yankton and has been an osteopathic surgeon for many years. Dr. Swift brings invaluable contacts and experience to the process and is excited about his potential new position,” he said.

Prof. Laurent Applegate

“The core technology is the proprietary progenitor cell technology for skin regeneration, invented by Brookings native Prof Lee Anne Laurent-Applegate. Access to other musculo-skeletal progenitor cells is available as well for full reconstruction of burn disfigurement. The CEO of our partner cell therapy company, Mr. Tomas Svoboda of Elanix Biotechnologies, is aligned and enthusiastic to participate 

Tomas Svoboda

when approvals are granted and funding secured.  Since we first proposed “Medical Miracle,” Elanix has received funding for its European and Asian operations. This creates a very secure operating base to expand into South Dakota and the United States,” states Krause.

“Other revolutionary bioactive opportunities are available for development,  pending FDA approval for market. These can all be based in Hot Springs, South Dakota. All of this will provide a firm economic base for Minnekahta Osteopathic College,” adds Krause.

“VNRC can bring this new healing gift to wounded warriors across America if South Dakota residents give NOW. To learn more about us, and to learn how to give, visit our web at and go to the tab labeled “Medical Miracle,” concludes Krause.



This is HOT! HOT! HOT! Our Medical Miracle proposal is now in the “Preferred Alternative” in the Hot Springs VA study.

Breaking News- Burns Injury Healing!!!

Hi, I’m Bob Krause and I have a vision for a better and more caring America. We need to take care of our veterans that have been burned in combat. About 6% of America’s combat casualties in the most recent wars are burn casualties. Of war wounds, burns are the ugliest. The pain is the most intense, and is widespread across the entire body. Healing time is measured in years. And the visual stigma, even after plastic surgery, has consequences for both family and employment.

I want to create a national center for war burns based upon a new skin regeneration technology that is so successful that it even saved an individual burned over 92% of his body — and  he’s now running marathons.

We can bring this new healing gift to wounded warriors across America if you give NOW. To learn more about us, and to learn how to give, visit our web at

Then go to the tab shown as “Medical Miracle.” There you will find detail on what we are doing, as well as a way to give to our worthy cause.

I’m Bob Krause, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Veterans National Recovery Center. Thank you for helping us build this vision for our burned warriors. Go to our web site now, or call 515-291-1569 to make a donation directly.

On behalf of many suffering veterans, I thank you for your generosity.





March 23rd, 2017 is “Vets Black Arm Band Day for PTSD.” Please show this video to your friends at work or at your club. Buy Black Arm Band Supplies now so that you are ready. Make a poster and put it up at work. PTSD is an invisible wound and America has already forgotten. It is your responsibility to remind them. ‪#‎PTSD‬ ‪#‎MST‬ ‪#‎Vets‬ ‪#‎Veterans‬ #TBI

CAN YOU WEAR A BLACK ARMBAND ON MARCH 23, 2017 TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR VETERANS AND TROOPS WITH PTSD?? On March 23rd of last year a PTSD afflicted vet was laid to rest on his birthday. Richard Miles was being medicated for PTSD but had an episode where the traumatic events of the Iraq War churned in his brain — an “episode.” He left his job and family and froze to death in a city park. In Iowa, the number of psychiatric beds available to vets has fallen from 90 to 10 in the past 6 years. The same story can be told all around America. Pills and no counseling and no safe haven psych beds just don’t work for many PTSD vets. Please speak up for them because America has forgotten them.                albiaflagmemorial-2015                             

For Particulars call Bob Krause, President, VNRC at 515-657-0069, email, mailing address 2257 Walton Lake Drive, Fairfield, Iowa 52556

The Veterans National Recovery Center (VNRC), an activist group of veterans has called upon all Iowans to memorialize Richard Miles on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

Miles is the Iraq War combat veteran, froze to death this winter in Waterworks Park in Des Moines. He was born on March, 23, 1974 in Forest City, IA. He was laid to rest on March 23, 2015. While his death has been called a suicide, hypothermia can create false sensations of extreme heat that can cause people to disrobe as death approaches.

“Nothing has changed since Miles died,” said Bob Krause, president of the group. “Six years ago there were ninety long term and short term psychiatric beds that were dedicated to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other war-induced mental conditions. Today there are only 10 beds in Iowa dedicated to veteran care, with no forward momentum to get more even though we estimate there are at least 5,000 PTSD sufferers in Iowa alone. Sadly, with the closures at Mt Pleasant and Clarinda, there are even fewer beds to compete for even without adequate specialized PTSD services.”

“For this reason, on behalf of the Veterans National Recovery Center, I am calling on Iowans of every faith, race and sex to perform the simple act of wearing a black army band on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. If asked, please explain that more care is needed for veterans that have served our country,” added Krause.

Krause then urged local veterans groups, communities and schools to hold classes and services to build awareness of the problems that returning veterans face.

In addition to memorial celebrations around the state, the VNRC will hold a service March 23 on the Iowa State Capitol grounds. Individuals will be encouraged to gather at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument south of the Capitol, and walk from there to the Vietnam Memorial Wall where a short service will be held. The walk from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument will begin at 12:30 and the service at the Vietnam Memorial will begin at 12:45.

The VNRC will send out more information as Black Arm Band for PTSD Day approaches.



For Immediate Release –Thursday, February 4th, 2016

For Particulars, Contact Bob Krause at 515-657-0069




The Veterans National Recovery Center (VNRC), an Iowa-based group for veterans with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and MST (Military Sexual Trauma) today called on the Iowa General Assembly to kill Senate File 508. This bill allows greatly expands the sale and use of fireworks so that availability is year-around and not just at the 4th of July, according to VNRC president Bob Krause.


“The health and safety of vets afflicted with PTSD is at stake. The bill just passed out of committee to the floor yesterday, so we are very concerned” said Krause.


“There are about 5000 veterans in Iowa with PTSD acquired during the 9-11 wars alone. The 4th of July is a time of joy for nearly all Iowans. But for many PTSD vets, wartime flashbacks are triggered by explosions and flares. It makes the 4th a time when they stay inside with the blinds closed. As an example, the popular M-80 Firecracker sounds very much like a Russian built 122 mm weapon heard at a distance. US soldiers faced this weapon extensively in Vietnam and it is the topic of flashbacks. If the door is opened to these and other fireworks year around, times for PTSD flashback concern will be greatly expanded,” stated Krause.


“Currently most firework activity is around the 4th of July, but now PTSD veterans will be in a heightened state of paranoia year around. This bill takes most local authority over shooting and display of fireworks and gives it to the state fire marshal. In addition, the vastly expanded sale and use of fireworks in Iowa creates more difficulties for veterans with PTSD.  And, fireworks displays can only be cancelled for ‘public safety’ purposes such as drought conditions,” stated Krause.


“The VNRC is opposed to this legislation. It kicks the vet who fought for you. On behalf of VNRC, I ask that citizens contact their state legislator and ask for a NO vote on SF 508,” concluded Krause.


VNRC focuses on the health of returning veterans, especially mental health. It is currently promoting March 23rd as Veterans Black Arm Band Day for PTSD, TBI and MST. Informatrion on the VNRC is available at is centered around the 4th  they need to stay inside






VNRC has just received the first in what we see of many nods in a path to approval of a military burn casualty center at Hot Springs. We were recognized in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as a proposal that should be reviewed as part of the “Preferred Alternative” put forth in the 780 page study. This is the “Medical Miracle” proposal that was submitted to the US Department of Veterans Affairs last year.

Central to our proposal for military burn casualties is a new technology developed in Switzerland that uses a kind of stem cell called a “progenitor cell” to rapidly grow new skin on burn victims without grafting. The new skin  is actually grown in vats for instant application.

We need this technology for the 6% of combat casualties that involve burns, but money is required to start this process. Please watch this video to find out more!!



 Black armbands are historic signs of silent protest in Iowa dating back to the Vietnam War. In fact, a 1968 landmark Supreme Court case originating in Iowa, concerning the wearing of black armbands in protest, has become a reference point in the fight for First Amendment freedoms.

Today, the Veterans National Recovery Center (VNRC), an Iowa-based 501 (c)(3) charity, asks that veterans and those that care about veterans carry on this historic tradition by wearing black arm bands on Thursday, May 21. This is in silent protest of Iowa’s refusal to restore 20 active psychiatric beds for PTSD and MST veterans in Iowa, and to prevent a future erosion of psychiatric resources for veterans and others.

On Thursday, May 21 at 11:00 AM Governor Branstad will sign a proclamation designating May as

Mental Health Month. The public event will be Iowa State Capitol Rotunda in Des Moines. Even if veterans are unable to attend this ceremony, the VNRC asks that they wear black armbands tomorrow, so that when people ask why, they can tell of the need for more and better psychiatric services for the 5,000 veterans from the Post 9/11 wars that have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military Sexual Trauma, or Traumatic Brain Injury.

“The closure of 20 dedicated psychiatric beds at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown and the pending closures at Mount Pleasant and Clarinda will impact veterans and others, simply because there are only 10 dedicated psychiatric beds in Iowa for the over 5,000 9/11 veterans in Iowa that have

PTSD. We need policy makers to listen and we need to stop the pending closures and restore the beds at Marshalltown.” stated Krause.

“It is now time for us to speak with the quiet presence of our black armbands,” concluded Krause.


Ken Briggs, VNRC Activist and Vice Chair of Iowa Mental Health Planning  Commission, talks about misinformation by Gov Branstad on service cuts for PTSD vets at Veterans home:


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