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About Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain injury has become the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because wartime TBIs can be associated with a psychological wound — post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — the diagnosis and treatment of service members and veterans with brain injury has become even more of a major challenge for the military and for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The good news is that there's been a tremendous amount of research and advocacy as a result of war-related TBIs, and it's improving our understanding of the brain and the way we treat injuries. Today, organizations like the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) are working to improve the how we care for service members with TBI, to ratchet up research efforts, and to increase education efforts surrounding TBI.

New Content

Breakthrough in Blast-Related Brain Injuries Reveal Microscopic Scarring

Breakthrough in Blast-Related Brain Injuries Reveal Microscopic Scarring
July 12, 2016
A new study reveals previously undetected change patterns in the brains of eight veterans, all exposed to blasts from high explosives in combat.

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Captain Sue Davis: The Road to Recovery from a TBI

Captain Sue Davis: The Road to Recovery from a TBI
January 26, 2016
Former Air Force Captain, Sue Davis, shares her road to recovery and advocacy after sustaining a severe TBI “because of a poor decision."

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Sex and the Military: The Other Invisible Wounds

Sex and the Military: The Other Invisible Wounds
August 11, 2015
An interactive toolkit to help behavioral health practitioners as they work with service members, veterans, spouses and partners.

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More About Traumatic Brain Injury

Raising Awareness of Brain Injury: Head for the Future Program

Raising Awareness of Brain Injury: Head for the Future Program
June 30, 2014
Col. Sidney Hinds, MD talks how greater than 80% of military concussions occur “in garrison,” not in combat.

Misconceptions About Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Misconceptions About Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
January 15, 2013
Dr. Geoffrey Ling talks about misconceptions about mTBI — from thinking a concussion is different from a mild TBI to believing that a mild TBI will always come with life-long, debilitating consequences.

NFL and Military Concussions: Need Culture Change

NFL and Military Concussions: Need Culture Change
October 23, 2012
But research shows that taking the time to rest after a concussion gets people back to combat and on the field faster and more safely.

Transitioning from Combat to the Civilian World: It's Easy to Overreact

Transitioning from Combat to the Civilian World: It's Easy to Overreact
October 22, 2012
Do you feel your anger start to hyper-escalate when someone steals your parking spot or cuts you in line at the grocery store? That is not uncommon for service members trying to transition back into civilian life. Adam suggests talking to someone who's been there, who understands.

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Adam at Ease

A video blog by Veteran Adam Anicich

BrainLine Military Blogger Adam Anicich Says Thank You and Goodbye for Now

BrainLine Military Blogger Adam Anicich Says Thank You and Goodbye for Now
Adam thanks you — his blog viewers and supporters — and encourages you to continue the discussion and awareness raising about TBI and PTSD; the battle does not stop here.

At College, Move Beyond the Stigma of Asking for Help After a Brain Injury

At College, Move Beyond the Stigma of Asking for Help After a Brain Injury
If extra time on a test or memory aids can make life easier during college, why not use them? Adam talks about moving past the "stigma" of using disability services and getting the help you need to succeed in college.

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