Information and resources available for those with TBI.

Multiple Brain MRI Imaging Scans

Did you know there are more than 5.3 million adults and children in the U.S. living with some sort of permanent brain injury-related disability? Many of these injuries are a result of stroke, infectious disease, and brain tumors. A significant number, however, are classified as traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

The CDC defines a TBI as a “disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” This type of injury can be caused through everyday activities like sports or through military exercises or combat. In fact, this sort of injury impacts our military members dramatically. Since 2000, it has been reported more than 485,000 service members have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

A concussion is considered a mild TBI (mTBI). Most individuals who experience a concussion will fully recover within a few days or weeks. Rarely, people might experience adverse effects for a longer period of time. Conversely, TBI are known to have long-term effects on one’s physical and mental health. These injuries can impact a person’s life for months, even years, after the initial event.

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center has reported more than 185,000 Veterans have been diagnosed with at least one TBI or mTBI that continues to cause disabilities beyond the military setting. Service members are at particular risk for mental-health-related effects in conjunction with TBI as their injuries are often caused by combat and mission-related trauma that may be linked to PTSD and other mental health issues common to military veterans.

Living with a brain injury is not linear, nor does it impact everyone in the same way. The desired outcome, however, is the same: the ability to navigate life as best one can, finding joy, happiness, and peace.

If you are a military service member or love a service member who has or is currently suffering from the ill-effects of TBI, please know you are not alone. There are many organizations available to assist you as you navigate your journey to health. We partner with agencies such as Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Semper Fi & America’s Fund, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Inc who serve our military heroes and their families. Please visit our partner page to learn more about these organizations and others who may be able to assist you and your loved ones.

If you are able, please consider making a donation to MFVSOA to support this important work!

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