TBI symptoms affecting veterans and their loved ones

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Objective: Providing information about cognitive research, how it applies to TBI and providing information to family members.

Resource: http://www.societyforcognitiverehab.org/patient-family-resources/tbi/tbi-resource-sites.php

Time to read: 2 minutes

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), occurs when a sudden trauma or head injury disrupts the function of the brain. Brain Injury can cause physical, cognitive, and behavioral impairments, temporary or permanent, ranging from subtle to severe. Brain injury may result in seizure disorders. Service members are at increased risk for TBI, when compared to their civilian peers. This is a factor of their demographics and the operational and training activities, which are physically demanding and potentially dangerous.

Military service members are often deployed to areas where they are at risk for experiencing blast exposures from improvised explosive devices (IEDs), suicide bombers, land mines, mortar rounds and rocket-propelled grenades. These and other combat related activities put our military service members at increased risk for TBI. Most reported TBI among Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom servicemembers and veterans has been linked to IEDs.

If you know a veteran who you believe may be suffering from a traumatic brain injury, help them, by showing them the resources available:http://www.societyforcognitiverehab.org/patient-family-resources/tbi/tbi-re…

TBI can cause a lot of difficulty for the injured. This can include physical changes, behavioral changes, or problems thinking clearly. Symptoms that might indicate TBI include headaches, dizziness, problems walking, fatigue, irritability, memory problems, and problems paying attention. Beginning in 2007, VA implemented mandatory TBI screening for all Veterans accessing care in VA that served in combat operations and separated from active duty service after September 11, 2001.

If you know a veteran who served in active duty after September 11, 2001, make sure they’ve been screened for TBI. Also, please continue to stay educated about TBI symptoms so you can help spot a suffering veteran.

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