Thursday, April 15, 2010

Traumatic Injury and the Military

I was sent this article regarding Traumatic Brain Injuries and the Military and was glad to post it because I know many soldiers that have a traumatic brain injury and are in the process of recovering. One of my best friends in town here is also an occupational therapist who deals specifically with those who suffer from TBI's. Any thing I can do to promote awareness I am glad to help out with. Here is the article

Traumatic Brain Injuries and the Military

Military men and women are continually involved situations where risk of injury is high. One silent war wound that can often go unnoticed is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) . A TBI damages the brain that can often cause life-altering wounds, which can result in changes in personality, behavior, and even the brain functions of the victim. Some of these conditions are not just life-altering, but can be life threatening and are often partnered with rehabilitation from special care facilities like CareMeridian Las Vegas nursing home.

According to the Veterans Health Initiative, active male members of the military were hospitalized due to TBI related injuries at a rate of 231 per 100,000. The rate for female members of the military was 150 per 100,000. Based on these statistics over 4,000 military personnel are hospitalized on average each year for traumatic brain injuries. Some are as mild as a concussion, while others can be severe and have life altering effects.

The best way to prevent TBI is through awareness. Recognizing and responding to the symptoms of a TBI can often aid in the preventing further damage caused by the injury. Dizziness, headaches, changes in personality or sleep patterns, and memory loss are clear signs of TBI. Unfortunately these symptoms can sometimes be ignored or discarded as minor pains during times of conflict and even once the solider returns home. This sets up a dangerous precedent for a war wound that may never heal, so it is vital that serviceman and their families are aware of TBI, so that they can recognize and help treat it if symptoms are present.


  1. Thanks a lot for puttng this out there!
    My mother just medically retired from the Army National Guard due to her TBI and very few people know or understand what it is. Thanks for helping people to understand!

  2. What wonderful information, Katie.. I'm glad you're taking a stand to push education on important matters. :)

    Happy Friday!

  3. You might also be interested in an article entitled War That Never Ends.

  4. I am very interested to staying in contact with you. Hopefully I could help to shed some light on brain injury rehabilitation and post injury life. I had sustained my injury 26+ years ago and do have first hand experience in this field.


  5. Thank you for sharing that information.
    I just wanted to stop by and say hello. You were previously following my blog 3000 Miles in Love. Just wanted to let you know that since the breakup I have changed my blog name. Come check it out!