AirAvant Medical and First Nation Group have entered into a partnership alliance to provide AirAvant’s Bongo Rx expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) device to veterans and active-duty military members who have obstructive sleep apnea.

First Nation Group is a medical-surgical supplier for federal government agencies.

“We are pleased to expand our sleep therapy portfolio to include the Bongo Rx EPAP device from AirAvant Medical,” says Glenn Munroe, senior vice president of business development for First Nation Group, in a release. “This partnership reaffirms First Nation Group’s commitment to offer clinicians treatment options to meet the varied needs of veterans with obstructive sleep apnea.”

For veterans who are not good candidates for CPAP therapy or are newly diagnosed mild to moderate OSA patients without significant co-morbidities, the Bongo Rx option is an alternative sleep therapy solution. Its silicone nasal “pillows” require no electricity or hose apparatus to operate. Instead, they are inserted in the nostrils during sleep. This creates a seal to keep air flowing through the device’s valve system as the sleeper comfortably breathes in and out. The device’s compact size also make it ideal for travel.

“The opportunity to proudly serve veterans also attracted AirAvant Medical to the partnership,” says AirAvant co-president and co-founder Bruce Sher, in a release. “It’s an honor to respond to our veterans’ sleep therapy needs. They are this nation’s heroes, and it’s our privilege to pay back just a fraction of what they have given to us.”