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Objective: Informing veterans of the advocacy and policies regarding Brain Injuries affecting all Americans
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2.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year in the US. Service members are at an increased risk for sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), compared to their civilian peers. Their demographics and the operational and training activities, which are physically demanding and dangerous, make them more likely to sustain and injury. TBI occurs when a sudden trauma or head injury disrupts the function of the brain. Traumatic Brain Injury can cause physical, cognitive, and behavioral impairments, temporary or permanent, ranging from subtle to severe.
Brain injury is the beginning of a misdiagnosed, misunderstood, and underfunded neurological disease. If you, or a veteran you know, may be experiencing a TBI, you should access care, rehabilitation, lifelong disease management, and services, to live a healthy life. Brain injury is unpredictable and can affect who someone is, how they act, and how they feel.
When a TBI occurs, neurons are affected. This means they may be unable to carry the messages that tell the brain what to do. This is what changes the way someone acts, feels, and moves. In addition, brain injury can change the internal functions of the body, like regulating temperature, blood pressure, and bowel and bladder control. They may cause impairment or a complete inability to perform a function.
Advocacy groups are fighting for resources for people with TBI. They are advocating for greater access to care for civilian and military populations, expanded brain injury research, adequate resources for state programs and increased congressional awareness of brain injury issues. Find out more about their efforts here: http://www.biausa.org/biaa-advocacy.htm
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