The PROTAC Foundation

The PROTAC Foundation is a New Orleans based 501c3 Non-Profit organization committed to improving the health and function of Veterans and helping veterans transition home. The PROTAC Foundation will staff an outpatient clinic located at 3615 Tulane Ave in New Orleans, LA. The building is easily accessible to anyone in the New Orleans area. The clinic is offering free basic healthcare services to all veterans and transition assistance to returning combat veterans for up to 5 years after leaving active duty or the reserves. Because of limited access to health care in much of the state, the PROTAC Foundation clinic will also provide mobile medical teams to support Veteran Outreach events around the state of Louisiana. All veterans must show a DD-214 and a state or federal issued ID to receive care.
The PROTAC Foundation Clinic has a relationship with Tulane Medical School. Tulane Medical School students are required to provide 50 service learning hours to an underserved population during their first 2 years of medical school. The PROTAC Foundation Clinic and mobile medical teams will provide an opportunity for the medical students to work with the veteran population. The medical students will be educated on basic military culture, characteristics and nature of combat deployment, and health effects of military service. In addition to basic health care, they will provide patients with musculoskeletal evaluation and management recommendations all under the supervision of an attending physician.

The PROTAC Foundation will conduct research in the areas of human performance, human physiology, and post deployment health to further enhance the services delivered at the PROTAC Foundation Clinic. The research program will focus on research questions created by actual veterans with “real world” combat zone experience and familiarity with post-combat reintegration challenges. Research will be conducted with various other professional and tactical populations because of the similar fitness requirements to the military population with the findings applied to veterans.

The PROTAC Foundation will also provide seminars, workshops, and materials to educate the civilian medical community and the public about PROTAC Foundation clinical services and research activities and discoveries.
Immediate and continuing funding is required to stock the PROTAC Foundation Clinic with medical equipment and supplies, pay utilities and insurance, purchase and maintain an electronic medical record and patient tracking system, and manage the operations.


Canaan Heard MS, CSCS, CPTheadshot-canaan-heard-small

Canaan’s passion for helping individuals and groups train began during his undergraduate career at LSU. While at LSU he volunteered as an assistant strength coach in the weight room, working directly with LSU football and LSU baseball players. Also as an undergraduate at LSU, and as a member of the US Marine Corps Weapons Company 3/23, he conducted an undergraduate thesis on combat conditioning, based on his experiences in the field. The study showed Canaan’s program increased physical fitness. In 2012 Canaan trained an active duty Marine Corps unit for 11 weeks. His program increased physical fitness and had only 1 injury during the 11 week program.

Canaan teaches classes to and trains US Marines, National Guardsmen, US Navy, SWAT Teams, local law enforcement, and athletes from all backgrounds. He has been a guest lecturer and presenter at AMSUS (2014 Annual Conference), Pennington Biomedical Research Center, the War Related Injury and Illness Study Center in East Orange, NJ, CAOCL (United States Marine Corps) and Marine Corps University. He has evaluated combat conditioning programs and injury prevention programs for the US Marine Corps. Canaan has been published in the Journal of Military Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning Report and the Marine Corps Gazette.

Canaan has a Master’s of Physiology from Tulane School of Medicine, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a certified personal trainer. He currently does research in the areas of human performance, exercise physiology, human physiology, and post deployment health.

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Captain Neal Moquin US Navy (Ret)

Captain W. Neal Moquin, CHC, U. S. Navy (Ret), a San Diego native, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English from San Diego State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Nashotah, Wisconsin. He is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), Combat and Operational Stress Control (COSC), Pastoral Counseling, and Life Coaching.

He held various Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard chaplain billets before retiring after 25 years of both active and reserve service in January of 2014. The billets included U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters (Washington DC), U. S Pacific Fleet/U. S. Pacific Command (Pearl Harbor), U. S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific (Camp Smith, Hawaii), and 4th Marine Division (New Orleans).

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

As a civilian he has served as a community college chaplain, parish pastor, and adjunct seminary professor of various Episcopal and Anglican parishes and institutions. He retired from active ministry in August 2010.

He is presently sits on the Board of Directors of the PROTAC Foundation, and volunteers as a Life Coach with the Honor Foundation, a non-profit assisting Navy and Marine Corps Special Operators with transition into civilian careers. He is married with three children.

Dr. Frank Greenway MD

Frank Greenway is an endocrinologist and directs the outpatient research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is a research campus of Louisiana State University that has a research focus on obesity. Dr. Greenway did his undergraduate work at Stanford University and obtained his medical degree at the University of California at Los Angeles. He did his internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California and is board certified in both internal medicine and endocrinology. He was in the California US Army National Guard Medical Corp from 1971 to 1980 and was honorably discharged at the rank of Major. Dr. Greenway had a practice of internal medicine and endocrinology in Marina del Rey California and taught at Harbor-UCLA for 20 years prior to coming to the Pennington Biomedical Research Center where he holds the rank of Professor. Dr. Greenway is on editorial boards including the International Journal of Obesity, has published over 190 peer-reviewed articles mostly in the field of obesity and holds several patents. He has an interest in developing new treatments for obesity and has been active in clinical trials of candidate pharmaceuticals, dietary herbal supplements, medical foods and devices.

helmer-profileDrew Helmer, MD, MS

Drew Helmer, MD, MS, is an expert in post-deployment health, the impact of combat deployment on the health and well-being of military service members.

Dr. Helmer obtained his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and his Masters of Science in Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University School of Public Health. Trained as a general internist, from 2001-2007, Dr. Helmer was the medical director at the War Related Illness & Injury Study Center (WRIISC- pronounced “risk”) and a VA Health Services Research & Development Career Development Awardee while at VA-NJ Health Care System. From 2007-2011, Dr. Helmer worked at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX, where he was the lead clinician for Post-Deployment Health in Houston and for the South Central Veterans Integrated Service Network, Associate Director of Research for PrimeCare, and Assistant Director of the Neurorehabilitation: Neurons to Networks VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center of Excellence. He has been the Director of the WRIISC at the VA-New Jersey Health Care System since December 2011.  

In addition to caring for Veterans and educating providers about post-deployment health, Dr. Helmer studies healthcare utilization and outcomes important to deployed Veterans including chronic pain, exposure concerns, depression and suicidal ideation, mild traumatic brain injury, and sexual health concerns. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. His book “Sex after Service: A guide for military service members, veterans and the people who love them” was nominated for book of the year in 2014 by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).



Lucien P. Laborde, Jr., Instructor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, is a native of Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, where he grew up working, hunting, and fishing on the family farm. He graduated from Moreauville High School in 1972, and attended Louisiana State University, receiving his B. S. degree in Agronomy in 1976, his M. B. A. in 1976 and his Ph.D. in Renewable Natural Resources in 2014. He married Sonja Riner in 1979, and together they have four children, Andrea, James, Casey and Tori. Luke was employed in various positions with Willis Group, plc, for 30 years, consulting and placing commercial insurance for hospitals, medical professionals, attorneys, contractors and other large corporations. He served as Chairman of the National Association of Insurance Brokers from 1195-1996. Luke has been a volunteer for Ducks Unlimited Inc. for 30 years, serving 6 years on their Board of Directors. He currently serves as advisor to the Tiger (student) Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, is immediate Past-President of the LSU College of Agriculture Alumni Association, a member of the Board of Directors of The Burden Foundation, and a member of the LSU Military Excellence Commission.

John Milazzo is the former President and CEO of Campus Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA. Milazzo has over forty years of financial institution experience including the commercial banking and credit union industries. He is a former Chair of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions and served in various board and committee positions. He is a past member of the Federal Reserve of Atlanta’s Financial Institutions Council. He is the former Chair of the Southern Financial Exchange. Milazzo also served as the Chair of LSU’s Healthcare Services and Bogalusa Community Medical Center Foundations. He currently serves on the board and is Chair of LSU’s Cadets of the Ole War Skule, as well as co-Chair of LSU’s Military Museum Commission. Milazzo consults to financial institutions and volunteers his services to numerous philanthropic, social, and civic organizations.