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How Polytrauma Care at the VA Can Help Veterans See Future Possibilities

How Polytrauma Care at the VA Can Help Veterans See Future Possibilities

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[Adam Anicich] Hey guys, it's Adam, and I want to talk to you today about the VA Polytrauma System of Care and how it kind of changed my life and got me re-energized about going back to school. When I went in to the VA system I didn't really have any intention of going back to school or furthering any kind of formalized education. But as I started to go through the system, and I started to see the different specialists who were helping me kind of rehabilitate but also just get checked back into normal life, you know a lot of people played a role in that. The occupational therapist, for example, gave a lot of good strategies on identifying memory functions and kind of linking certain things together, gave me different strategies on how to use my surroundings and my environment to my advantage. For example, using computers for email, saving documents electronically so I can access them wherever I am so it wouldn't matter if I forgot them. Some of the other things that came into play were my speech language pathologist showed me how to use all kinds of really exciting technologies. So again a lot of the electronic features such as an electronic calendar or electronic contacts, things like that, really kind of integrated into my recovery, and then there was my polytrauma physician who pretty much just said, "Hey, why don't you give it a try? Get back into the swing of normal life and see how you do. If you stumble, if you fall, we can get back on track, get you back on the horse per se." So really stimulated me. So kind of having this system of care or this group of support for different aspects of life in my recovery was really fascinating, but it had the unintended consequence of encouraging me and motivating me to go back to school which is what I did. Thanks.

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Adam shares his story of how polytrauma care at the VA changed his life aftter brain injury, including the unintended consequence of wanting to return to college.

 
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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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