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Healing After a Military TBI: A Doctor/Patient Perspective

Healing After a Military TBI: A Doctor/Patient Perspective

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[Capt. James Hancock, MD, U.S. Navy] If you've been in combat in Afghanistan or Iraq, you know it's your buddies— the people in your unit—who get you through. I learned that pretty fast when our armored vehicle hit an IED, and I was thrown headfirst against a metal pole. I went from being a doctor in a shock trauma platoon to a patient with traumatic brain injury or TBI. I got through those days of headaches and dizziness with the help of the people around me—the corpsmen, the nurses, and the Marines. There's a team of people waiting to help you at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, or DVBIC. DVBIC's network provides health care and education for service members and veterans with TBI. DVBIC also supports health care providers in the field and at home with clinical tools, resources, and research. If you're a service member or a veteran who's had a brain injury in a blast, a car crash, or even a fall, get yourself checked out. Recovery can be challenging, but with help and support, you can improve. The good news is that we're learning more about TBI all the time, and most patients get better—I know because it happened to me. To learn more about TBI and concussion and find out how to get help near you, go to

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For service members, vets, families, and providers, this DVBIC PSA features Captain James Hancock, MD who shares his perspective as a shock trauma platoon doctor and a person with a TBI.

See Spanish version of this PSA here.


From the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. Used with permission.

Special thanks to the Brain Injury Association of New York State for use of the brain animation sequence.


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