Listening to Veterans: Jeff Sabados, MBA, MPP
We are honored to speak with our military advisor, Jeff Sabados for our Listening to Veterans series. Jeff has accomplished a lot during his career in the military and as an entrepreneur. He served in the military for 8 years completing six deployments as a Surface Warfare Office and US Navy SEAL. Adding to an impressive military resume, Jeff holds a Masters degree from Harvard University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. An experienced entrepreneur, Jeff co-founded Resilience Therapeutics in 2014, a company dedicated to assembling the best biotech scientists and research organizations in the world to generate disease-modifying therapeutics for Veterans suffering from PTSD.
CVB: What do you believe is the most exciting development in therapeutics that will impact Veterans mental health?
By passionately engaging in a multitude of research efforts and bringing them under one tent with industry-experienced scientific leadership, Cohen Veteran Bioscience will enable current and future research toward new therapeutics to accelerate at a rate never seen before.
CVB: What are the most significant unmet needs in the Veterans health space?
Jeff Sabados: Although cognitive behavioral therapy can be effective, access to a therapist can be challenging, and the wait times to see a therapist can be months. Some Veterans may live in an underserved area which requires them to travel far to a VA or care center to receive treatment.
In addition, many Veterans need access to sustainable and rewarding employment opportunities coupled with effective social support groups similar to what the VFW and Foreign Legion provided after World War II. Fortunately, certain forms of Social Media will be able to bring Veterans and support networks together to make a meaningful impact.
CVB: What is the most common problem or concern you hear from Veterans?
Jeff Sabados: Finding sustainable jobs and strong social support by Veteran’s employers, families and the community.
CVB: You attended the recent Cohen Veterans Care Summit. Was there anything in particular that resonated with you?
Jeff Sabados: The incredible passion and commitment of each and every participant. Over 200 participants that are dedicating their careers and every day life to making a difference.
CVB: What is Cohen Veterans Bioscience doing that other groups are not?
Jeff Sabados: Cohen Veterans Bioscience is providing scientific thought leadership toward PTSD research similar to what the Michael J. Fox Foundation is doing for Parkinson’s. In five years, PTSD research and understanding could advance more than it has since 9/11, or the last 15 years.
Keep an eye out for more profiles in our Listening to Veterans series as we celebrate and honor Veterans during the entire month of November – #VetsMonth