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Newsletter - December 2013
Does the idea of leaving the military and returning to school or work seem overwhelming especially with symptoms from traumatic brain injury? More than 280,000 service members have sustained a TBI since 2000. While most recover fully, some experience long-term symptoms, making work and school particularly challenging. BrainLine Military has created two new features for service members and veterans "Returning to School" and "Returning to Work" that include information, resources, and tips to help ease the transition.See more returning to school >>
See more returning to work >>
"Pace yourself and do stop to notice the little things in the relationship. It is easy to get so focused on the symptoms and behaviors and forget who the person is. Give yourself permission to ask for your own support system." "Try not to take things that might be said out of frustration and fear personally. It’s a big adjustment for everyone." These are two of the many comments BrainLine Military received when we asked our online community to share the things they wished someone had told them when they began their caregiving journey. Read more in our article "Caregivers Share Their Best Advice About Caring for Service Members and Veterans Living with TBI and PTSD," which captures the messages of strength, encouragement, and resilience so generously provided by those caring for their injured loved ones.Read >>
What exactly is a craniectomy? In this video clip, Anand Veeravagu, MD, describes this life-saving neurosurgical procedure, performed to prevent brain damage resulting from uncontrollable swelling in the brain. Dr. Veeravagu is a neurosurgeon at Stanford University School of Medicine and a former White House fellow and special assistant to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.Watch >>
See more videos with Dr. Veeravagu >>
For more information about TBI, please come visit us at BrainLineMilitary.org.
All the best from BrainLine Military.
Noel Gunther, Executive Director
Ian Collins, Technical Web Manager
Kelly Deckert, Associate Manager of Online Media
Leon Gittens, Project Administrator
Brian King, Senior Multimedia Producer
Sharon Ladin, Director, BrainLine
Christian Lindstrom, Director, Learning Media
Victoria Tilney McDonough, Editor
Elaine Phillips, MSP, CCC/SLP, Research Consultant
Justin Rhodes, Associate Project Manager
Newsletter Editor: Victoria Tilney McDonough
About Brainline Military
BrainLine Military is a service of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital. The TBI and PTSD section of BrainLineMilitary.org is funded by a grant from the Newman's Own Foundation.