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SPEAK OUT! NewsBit . . . . . . . . . . . Military and Traumatic Brain Injury

The Military and Traumatic Brain Injury

 

Newsboy thIt has been said that traumatic brain injury is the signature wound of troops returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mild TBIs (mTBIs), many of which are concussions, constitute the majority of TBIs. Often an mTBI is invisible. Even the injured soldier may not be aware that he/she has an mTBI. Treatment, if it is obtained at all, is sometimes sought weeks or months later. mTBIs are common, but they can have serious consequences. The Military has increased its awareness of TBI. For example, they are supporting research to develop a hand-held eye-tracking device that will enable a troop with an mTBI to be diagnosed quickly in the field. It will help soldiers get immediate treatment, and it will prevent those troops from being sent back into the field. Here are two powerful videos (parts 1 and 2) of returning soldiers with a TBI and their families discussing their new lives. I have also provided a link to the Department of Defense’s material on TBI. (Videos Part 1 and Part 2) (DoD page)

 

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SPEAK OUT! NewsBit . . . . . . . . . . The Silent Epidemic

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The Silent Epidemic

 

Here’s a months-old YouTube video released originally to increase awareness of TBI. The event advertised has passed, but this short (5 min 33 sec) video is still moving. It’s worth watching. (Video)

 

 

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