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Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

Military families know that military service is not a job, it's a lifestyle. For every member of a military family, military service provides great opportunities for adventure, learning, and service, but at the same time, families can face unique challenges. Families often have to move or relocate with little warning. They may have to cope with one or multiple deployments, or changing roles. Sometimes, families lose their loved one in combat or welcome home a wounded or changed version of that person.

If a family's loved one returns home with a traumatic brain injury, even one considered "mild", it can affect the whole family — from financial challenges to job loss. At first, changes that normally follow brain injury — especially emotional and behavioral changes — can be to hard comprehend and accept. And unlike a broken bone, recovery from a TBI can take months or years.

While most people who sustain a TBI recover quickly, for some people — and their families — life may need to be reinvented, reinterpreted, and accepted as something different. And although life after a brain injury usually involves challenges, it doesn't mean life is less valuable or fulfilling.

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October 25, 2016
Caregiver blogger, Melissa Johnson, shares 31 tips and strategies she uses to help her husband cope with his TBI in a more effective manner.
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October 4, 2016
It’s no surprise that some symptoms of brain injury include headaches and memory problems. But hearing loss may also accompany a TBI, either because the injury damages the ear or because there is damage to the part of the brain that processes sound.
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June 4, 2015
You need a mission. So says Sergeant Bill "Big Sarge" Hansen, a former Marine and a current mentor with the Wounded Warrior Project®. Today Sgt. Hansen has a clear mission: to provide mentorship and support to young veterans carrying the physical and emotional scars of war.
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May 18, 2015
Family and co-parenting strategies for dealing with anger and other serious symptoms related to TBI and PTSD.
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May 14, 2015
We talk a lot about the challenges that military families face but we also need to talk about the tremendous strength that they bring to those challenges.
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March 2, 2015
Dr. David Williamson, director of the Inpatient TBI Program at Walter Reed, talks about the biggest challenge facing veterans with TBI:  resuming your life as a parent, partner, spouse, friend, and citizen.
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June 18, 2014
"I have come as close to the truth as a I can, and now I am free of the facts,” says Janet Burroway about her soldier son's suicide.
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June 10, 2014
Get your medical alert dog tag and a tri-fold credit-card sized identity card to alert medical personal of your TBI and/or PTSD.
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March 18, 2014
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.
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February 18, 2014
When it comes to TBI and PTSD, everyone's recovery is different. But Adam shares three key principles that can be crucial for everyone.
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January 21, 2014
Adam shares an inspiring story about a friend with TBI and PTSD who almost ended his life but instead found the courage to ask for help — even though at the time he may not have known what that help looked like.
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January 6, 2014
Adam offers advice to caregivers of a loved one with TBI and/or PTSD — from simply trying to see how that person's life has changed to helping him get involved in confidence-boosting activities.
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December 30, 2013
Adam talks frankly about his challenges keeping up with family and friends since his injury; he has good intentions but following through remains difficult.
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December 23, 2013
Service members, veterans, and their caregivers are incredibly resilient, says Adam, but learning to connect with whatever community you are in will only strengthen that resiliency.
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December 4, 2013
Adam shares a message of hope to those diagnosed with TBI and/or PTSD: Your life may be different, but you are still the driver and in control.
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October 28, 2013
Returning to school as a veteran — especially with a brain injury — can be difficult. Adam suggests strategies like starting slowly or taking a smaller course load that balances better with work and life.
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September 9, 2013
Adam knows that the expression, "the world is your oyster" can sound exciting or scary, especially for veterans with TBI figuring out what to do after being in the military.
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August 26, 2013
The military provides three meals a day, shelter, uniforms, and a structured schedule. The civilian side does not. Adam talks about what to be aware of when transitioning from military to civilian life.
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August 13, 2013
More than half of the newly homeless diagnosed with mental disorders had received that diagnosis before homelessness.
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July 10, 2013
One Army vet with PTSD started the Veterans Writing Project to help others like him heal through writing.
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June 24, 2013
After a TBI, sometimes it's hard to think of the word you want, or you get confused and forget what you were going to say. Don't be afraid to ask for help — gesture a trusted friend to help you continue the conversation.
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June 10, 2013
Adam talks about how it wasn't until he fully took control of his own recovery that he started to see big changes in his life. "Take personal accountability for how you want to live your life. The choice is yours."
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May 13, 2013
It may be a cliché, but when one door shuts, often another, better one opens. Adam talks about a friend, a retired Marine, who tried something totally out of character and has now not only made a business from it but derives great pleasure from it.
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April 29, 2013
People want to help if they see you struggling, but sometimes you want to do whatever you are doing on your own, says Adam. Maybe you have balance problems and taking the stairs is slow going. Make a joke or thank people, but carry on yourself.
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April 22, 2013
Volunteering is a great way to reengage in the world and to be with other veterans with similar issues from TBI, says Adam. Whether going on a fishing or camping trip, volunteering offers a way to bond with others like you and have fun, too.
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April 1, 2013
Should you jump in and finish a sentence for someone with TBI who is having trouble speaking or trying to form a word? Should you drop eye contact if the person is struggling? Adam talks about how to respectfully interact with someone with a TBI.
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February 20, 2013
It takes active participation to move forward after combat-related injuries. Army veteran Adam Anicich should know -- and here he shares his experiences.
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Paul Aravich, PhD | February 14, 2013
For some people with TBI and their caregivers, life can feel painfully isolated. But trying to focus on one's strengths and a healthy and socially engaged lifestyle can help.
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Paul Aravich, PhD | February 14, 2013
Dr. Paul Aravich suggests that veterans with TBI should not look at their loss of capacities but rather their different capacities.
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Jordan Grafman, PhD | February 12, 2013
Dr. Jordan Grafman talks about the many ways caregivers and society as a whole can help people with brain injury more successfully reintegrate into their families and communities.
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Jordan Grafman, PhD | February 12, 2013
Learning to trust the world, to trust caregivers, can be equally if not more effective than drugs for people with executive function or behavioral problems post-TBI.
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February 11, 2013
Adam's injury happened seven years ago, but he still finds he gets frustrated by some of his lingering symptoms. He suggests turning that frustration into a call to action to stay focused on your recovery.
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Jordan Grafman, PhD | February 11, 2013
Researchers studying Vietnam veterans with TBI are now looking more closely at how TBI can alter a person's social beliefs — from religious and political to legal and moral.
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Jordan Grafman, PhD | February 11, 2013
Dr. Jordan Grafman talks about the Vietnam Head Injury Study, started in 1981, that continues to look at the effects of brain injury on current and late-life function.
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January 28, 2013
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November 12, 2012
Guilt never feels good. But it's important for service members and veterans with TBI to talk openly about these feelings with their family, friends, and therapists and realize that they are all working toward that person's best outcome. Adam shares his thoughts on the subject.
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October 9, 2012
One of the pitfalls of TBI can be a lack of motivation, but setting a small daily goal like cleaning the refridgerator or walking the dog can lead to bigger goals like lunch out or playing frisbee in the park with friends. Adam shares some ideas.
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October 5, 2012
Bernadette Semple was on her way to a mission when someone on her flight hit her hard on the temple. It wasn't until months later that she realized the extent of her symptoms.
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August 20, 2012
For people with combat-related TBI, being in unfamiliar places can be very stressful. Adam suggests starting slowly with a picnic or a walk and building up to longer getaways.
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July 23, 2012
Adam didn't realize the ramifications of his TBI until he returned home, away from the combat environment.
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July 17, 2012
Social events can be quite draining for people with a brain injury. Adam says learning to give yourself the downtime you need — before and after the event — is helpful.
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July 10, 2012
Information on your rights as an employee, job options for you and your family member if he or she is unable to return to duty, and how to balance work and caregiving.
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July 9, 2012
Stops, lines, colors, directions — and lots of people rushing to and from trains. Riding the subway can be anxiety making and confusing, especially after a combat-related brain injury. Adam shares some strategies.
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Derek McGinnis | July 3, 2012
Team Semper Fi has given Navy veteran Derek McGinnis and many other veterans with TBI and/or lost limbs a place to face challenges and meet them with pride and a sense of belonging.
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Derek McGinnis | July 3, 2012
Facebook and other social media sites are effective ways for military vets like Navy veteran Derek McGinnis to connect with other vets who are experiencing the same challenges post-injury, post-deployment.
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May 16, 2012
Along Recovery is an intimate portrait of TBI, the signature wound of Afghanistan and Iraq. This film documents the TBI recovery process from the perspective of four soldiers recently evacuated from combat operations.
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May 14, 2012
Adam Anicich talks about why going to a restaurant post-TBI is often far from relaxing and what to do to make the experience better.
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March 20, 2012
After his brain injury, Adam had to create strategies to help him associate names with faces — from gleaning identifying factors in conversation to adding photos to his electronic contacts.
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November 22, 2011
After a severe TBI, Airman First Class David Rogers continues to work with the VA rehab staff. They set no limits for him — he even goes rock climbing.
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November 9, 2010
A service dog like Pax doesn't just impact one person's life, rather a whole network of people.
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January 4, 2010
Meet several brave service members and their family members who are struggling with the effects of traumatic brain injury sustained in combat.
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Having full awareness of her long-term issues from TBI has helped Dr. Kelli Gary adapt strategies that work and make choices that better order her life.
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December 2, 2009
Kelli Gary talks about the struggles she faced when going back to complete her education and some of the ways she coped with the difficulties caused by her injury.
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Kelli Gary talks about deciding to go back to school after her traumatic brain injury and her mom who supported her even when school didn't work out the first time.
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"I never gave up. I knew it was harder. Things were more difficult. It would take more time. But I never gave up."
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Kelli Gary talks about new personal limitations she faced after her traumatic brain injury and how she finally came to deal with and realize that life would be different.
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Kelli Gary talks about her life living with traumatic brain injury and dealing with the everyday struggles she never anticipated.
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May 21, 2009
Four soldiers navigate the difficult path of recovery from TBI.
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May 7, 2009
“Stay focused and patient and you'll get better.”
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April 29, 2009
Even after losing a leg and sustaining a mild TBI, this veteran is moving with a new confidence.
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January 1, 2008
A car bomb in Iraq forced CBS News Correspondent Kimberly Dozier out from behind the camera and into her own front-page story.
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January 1, 2008
This excerpt draws from the dramatic story of West Point’s class of 2002, the first in a generation to graduate during wartime.

Advocacy

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Heechin Chae, MD | September 10, 2013
Dr. Heechin Chae talks about how a brain injury is like an earthquake in a city, changing, damaging, or destroying the roads and bridges in the city of the brain.
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July 10, 2012
As a caregiver, you may find yourself in situations where you need to advocate.

Caregiving & Brain Injury

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November 2, 2016
Caregivers play a vital role in helping veterans recover from TBI and post-traumatic stress. In this article, four military caregivers describe the first major challenge they faced as they began taking on the role of caregiver. 
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October 27, 2016
When my husband became the one who responded emotionally to everything around him after his brain injury, I had two choices: keep reacting the way I always did and join into the downward spiral, or break the cycle and hold on tight for the ride.
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October 27, 2016
This is a loaded topic for me and many others, but today I want to talk about something that came up recently regarding family who doesn’t ‘get it’ in understanding the complexities and challenges of our lives after combat.
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October 25, 2016
When I resigned my teaching position in 2010 to stay home and care for Sean, it was devastating. ER trips were becoming part of our routine, as was calling at the last minute and requesting a sub so I could handle an emergency with Sean. As I sat listening to the ticking of the clock on the wall I was hit with my new reality: I could not continue down both these paths, something had to give.
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October 25, 2016
Have you heard the term “new normal” lately? It’s been bouncing around for a few years and is used to describe the adjustments veterans and families go through when they return home from war. Have you ever wondered what it looks like?
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June 1, 2016
Everyone in the family is affected by a brain injury. Your role within the family has changed and the role of your family member with TBI may also have changed. Here are some tips and strategies to assist families during this time of transition.
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June 1, 2016
Coping techniques for caregivers and families who are trying to manage stress, anxiety or sadness, while caring for an injured service member/veteran. Experts provide advice on relaxation and self-care.
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January 29, 2016
These men are heroes not just for what they survived. They are heroes for living through fifty years of civilians who don’t understand them and loved ones who walk away in tears from actions and responses that, to these men, seem completely normal.
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January 28, 2016
I, personally, never use the word warrior for anyone but a combat veteran. But I do not call them warriors because of what they did during war. I call them warriors because of what they do every single day since returning from war. 
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January 28, 2016
About a week into one-sided conversations, I began to get a little pissy. Yes, pissy is a word, ask the wife of any combat veteran. So I came up with three options for how to deal with this.
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May 18, 2015
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March 2, 2015
Dr. David Williamson, director of the inpatient TBI Program at Walter Reed, discusses the key way friends, family, and co-workers can support veterans with TBI.
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March 2, 2015
Veterans with TBI often shy away from social engagement, but that social engagement is the most important part of treatment.
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March 2, 2015
Dr. David Williamson discusses the need to establish new community-based models of care.
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February 18, 2015
I know everyone’s story, while different, can be similar in a lot of ways. I have found there are many ‘walls’ that I have come up against. Some hit me right out of the blue with no warning and others crept up slowly. But, once I realized what the ‘wall’ was, I always manage to find a way to climb over it.
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September 9, 2014
"I feel like I met other lost souls in the darkness, and there were speakers and retreat organizers in the middle of it handing out flashlights."
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July 30, 2014
 “I have made up my mind not to let combat trauma define my family or my nation. I will not let this journey be the end of my joy.”
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Cheryl Gansner | July 18, 2014
Cheryl Gansner shares her experiences about life with her husband, Sgt. Bryan Gansner, who has TBI and PTSD -- especially the social and emotional side.
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March 5, 2014
Learn about the Dole Foundation Fellows — military caregivers who are speaking out about the challenges and needs of caregivers across the country.
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Elise Mitchell | November 18, 2013
"I miss having a husband, a best friend ... I may be married, but I don't have a husband. I have a roommate."
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Elise Mitchell | November 18, 2013
"It's not going to be easy, but we've managed this long and I'm not giving up. PTSD is not going to ruin us!"
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November 1, 2013
Learn about the 1.4 million “invisible caregivers” — children who help provide substantial care to a family member while trying to be successful students.
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October 28, 2013
Few people are more qualified to offer military caregivers advice and encouragement than others who have walked in their shoes. Hear advice and thoughts from TBI caregivers.
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Cheryl Gansner | August 23, 2013
Caregiver Cheryl Gansner remembers the feelings of walking on eggshells because of her husband's TBI and PTSD.
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Cheryl Gansner | August 23, 2013
Caregiver Cheryl Gansner talks about when "the post-traumatic stress presented itself, we were floating in a thick sludge of constant drama."
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Cheryl Gansner | August 23, 2013
Caregiver Cheryl Gansner talks about the challenges of getting consistent combat-related compensation payment for her injured husband.
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Cheryl Gansner | August 23, 2013
Caregiver Cheryl Gansner talks about missing how she and her husband used to be able to socialize before his TBI and PTSD.
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Cheryl Gansner | August 23, 2013
Caregiver Cheryl Gansner talks about her husband's fifth "alive day" — the day an IED ripped his legs apart and left him with a TBI and PTSD. The day he nearly died.
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July 10, 2012
You are starting out on an important journey in your life — becoming a family caregiver to someone who has a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A caregiver like you can help your service member/veteran recover as fully as possible.
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July 10, 2012
You are starting out on an important journey in your life — becoming a caregiver to someone who has a traumatic brain injury (TBI). You can help your service member/veteran recover as fully as possible.
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July 10, 2012
Returning to the community, to family, and to school or work following a TBI can be challenging for service members and veterans — and their families.
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July 10, 2012
This module is about benefits and services from the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Being a member of the military brings both honor and support. You want to be sure your family member gets the support—services and benefits--that he or she deserves.
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July 9, 2012
People with a TBI may have many emotional and behavioral effects.
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July 9, 2012
Frequently asked questions after a TBI.
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July 6, 2012
Cognitive changes — changes in thinking — are very common after a TBI.
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July 5, 2012
The Family Caregiver Guide is a source of information and support for caregivers of service members and veterans with moderate to severe TBI.
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July 5, 2012
This module provides information on moderate to severe TBI. 
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July 5, 2012
This Guide was designed to empower you by offering a uniform source of information while instilling hope as you navigate life after TBI.
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July 5, 2012
Some complications are a direct result of injury to the brain.
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December 10, 2011
Starting the journey of taking care of loved one with TBI can be overwhelming. These military parents and spouses share their experiences.
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December 10, 2011
Once caregivers understand more about what has happened to their loved one's brain, they are more knowlegeable to help.
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December 10, 2011
Doctors often tell caregivers that they are the person who knows their loved one best, and they're going to have to be his voice until he has his own back.
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December 10, 2011
Getting the right services at the right time is crucial for your loved one's recovery. Start with a case manager.
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December 2, 2011
Everyone needs a helping hand at one time or another. Learn about resources to help you and your service member or veteran cope.
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December 2, 2011
Transitions from the military can be stressful. You may be feeling unsure about what the future will bring. Here is some information to make the transition more smooth.
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December 1, 2011
Learn everything you know about Points of Contact for all arms of the military and they can help your loved one and your whole family.
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December 1, 2011
For military families, learn about resources for recovery and rehabilitation services for your loved one, as well as health benefits for eligible family members.
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July 20, 2011
Este anuncio de servicio público nos introduce a Shannon Maxwell, la esposa de Lt. Col. Timothy Maxwell, USMC (ret), que sufrió una lesión cerebral traumática durante su servicio combate en Irak. La señora Maxwell presenta un nuevo recurso de DVBIC: La guía para cuidadores familiares.
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July 19, 2011
This public service announcement features Shannon Maxwell, the wife of Lt. Col. Timothy Maxwell, USMC (ret), who sustained a TBI while fighting in Iraq. Mrs. Maxwell introduces us to a new resource from DVBIC: the Family Caregiver Guide.
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May 27, 2011
"For Ted, the first year of his recovery was like being born all over again, except accelerated."
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May 5, 2011
Learn about this powerful community-based intervention program designed to help homeless veterans "combat" life on the streets.
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October 1, 2010
Support, education, and tools for military families all rolled into one indispensable guide.
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March 16, 2010
One in five combat soldiers suffers a TBI, who should care for them? Watch clip from PBS show Now.
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March 13, 2010
Watch this powerful story about two brave and loving wives who care for their husbands after they both sustained severe brain injuries in combat.

Family Concerns

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May 18, 2015
Dr. Stephen Cozza, Uniformed Services University, on caregiving and the importance of activating a system of support.
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March 2, 2015
Why the success and resilience of the family is the single most important long-term determinant of a veteran's long-term health.
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May 27, 2014
Why does Mommy always have headaches? Why can Daddy yell but I can’t? Why is our family different because of the war?
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Heechin Chae, MD | December 4, 2013
Dr. Heechin Chae explains how setting goals for recovery involves not only the individual and the medical team, but the whole family since a brain injury affects everyone in a family.
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December 4, 2013
Army Staff Sgt. Aaron Wight talks about being deployed when his son sustained a severe brain injury, how the Army helped his family cope, and how his son inspires others.
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Cheryl Gansner | November 18, 2013
For anyone, especially someone living with PTSD and TBI, having a new baby is both joyful and exhausting. Caregiver Cheryl Gansner talks about the challenges of having a new baby in the house.
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When a parent is injured or seems different because of a brain injury or post-traumatic stress, sometimes children act out — using actions instead of words to show their confusion and distress.
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March 29, 2013
The happy anticipation of a service member returning from combat deployment often is mixed with a dose of anxiety. Families might be ecstatic, nervous, scared, or confused, or all of the above at once.
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December 31, 2012
Just like a squad, flight, or platoon, a family needs to come together after a brain injury as a support unit. Adam talks about how the change in family roles can be hard, but patience and communication will help the family work together as a whole.
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October 30, 2012
When preparing children to see a loved one with a severe or moderate brain injury — one that may include significant changes physically and emotionally — it's best to be honest and upfront. Adam shares some good idease about how to help kids face the new reality of their loved one.
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July 10, 2012
Having a parent with TBI can be frightening for a child.
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May 13, 2011
Healing takes patience and time. Support from family members and taking care of oneself can go a long way in assisting in recovery.
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May 10, 2011
"Though daddy may be different, daddy is still daddy." Glimpse into this hope-filled children's book about a family and brain injury.
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April 15, 2011
A thorough toolkit to help veterans and their families get the services they need.
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April 12, 2011
National Guardsmen face challenges unique from other branches of the military. Learn how they — and their families — can bridge the gaps.
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April 12, 2011
Many factors can affect a person's reintegration after TBI -- from family support to community awareness.
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April 1, 2011
"We are just one family among thousands who have suffered injuries in this war ..."
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January 31, 2011
When a service member deploys, everyone around them is affected. Learn more from these brave warriors and their loved ones.
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March 25, 2009
Preview of Sesame Street's episode "Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change." Featuring guest stars Queen Latifah, John Mayer, Elmo, and Rosita.
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March 24, 2009
How traumatic brain injury affects wounded service members and their families.

Finances

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October 21, 2013
Managing money is complicated, especially for people with a brain injury who may have trouble remembering what they spent or creating a budget. Adam shares some tips from online banking to keeping a spending journal.
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July 17, 2013
There’s never going to be a perfect time to start saving. The important thing is to start, and you don’t need lots of cash to do so.
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May 21, 2012
Being back from deployment, especially with a TBI, can be overwhleming and paying bills sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of treatment, recovery, school, work, and family. Adam recommends using automatic bill paying.

Intimate Relationships

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January 26, 2016
Retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Brian O’Rourke's multiple brain injuries affected his relationships with his family for years. He denied it for a while, but his family encouraged him to seek help.
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August 14, 2015
Lee Woodruff of the Bob Woodruff Foundation talks about sex and intimacy after an injury: why nobody wants to talk about it and why we should anyway.
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March 3, 2015
Although the military is a young and vigorous force, service members and veterans may experience sexual functioning problems as a result of military service.
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Glenn W. Parkinson, MSW, MA | December 4, 2013
People with brain injury often experience hypersexuality, an increase in sex drive and/or disinhibition. Glenn Parkinson, MSW talks about why it's important to help patients with hypersexuality retrain or redirect their behaviors.
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Glenn W. Parkinson, MSW, MA | December 4, 2013
Glenn Parkinson, MSW says she often hears from people with TBI that there have been so many losses that sex is often the only thing they have left that is pleasurable. It's important to help people find healthy ways to be intimate and sexual.
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Glenn W. Parkinson, MSW, MA | December 4, 2013
Everyone — patient, doctor, therapist — comes with his or her own cultural, religious, and familial background when it comes to comfort levels when talking about sex and intimacy.
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Glenn W. Parkinson, MSW, MA | December 4, 2013
Sometimes making a comment like "after TBI, a lot of people have changes in their sexuality" instead of asking a question that puts a patient on the spot is more effective. From there, you can gauge when and how to address issues of sexual health.
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Glenn W. Parkinson, MSW, MA | December 4, 2013
Wtih any topic that is uncomfortable for people to experience or talk about — like sexual issues post-TBI — simply addressing it, normalizing it, then moving on is the best strategy.
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Kristen Maisano, OTD | December 4, 2013
Occupational therapist Kristen Maisano, OTD talks about how addressing sexual health as an activity of dailing living, just like eating, dressing, and bathing, normalizes it and helps patients with TBI and their caregivers connect again.
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Glenn W. Parkinson, MSW, MA | November 5, 2013
Citizen soldiers have one boot in two worlds ... the civlian and military cultures being very different. Healthcare providers need to educate themselves on the many ways Guard and Reservists, especially after a TBI, may see themselves.
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Glenn W. Parkinson, MSW, MA | August 19, 2013
Glenn Parkinson, MSW talks about how people can't numb out some of the hallmark feelings of PTSD like fear, anger, and vulnerability without also numbing out love, tenderness, and curiosity about another person.
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Glenn W. Parkinson, MSW, MA | June 10, 2013
Sometimes the length and health of an intimate relationship helps people adapt to changes in their sexual health post-TBI. Sometimes having less sexual experience is a factor. What matters most in recovery is the quality of social support.
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Glenn W. Parkinson, MSW, MA | June 10, 2013
People come with different backgrounds, cultures, and comfort levels when it comes to talking about sex and intimacy. Healthcare providers need open the doors to this conversation slowly and sensitively.
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Glenn W. Parkinson, MSW, MA | June 10, 2013
Sexual health issues can be common after a TBI. Depression, anxiety, the inability to relate to others, hypersexuality, and side effects from medications, among others, can impact how people sees their sexual self.
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Glenn W. Parkinson, MSW, MA | June 10, 2013
After a TBI, it's difficult to feel self-confident — to feel sexy — when you are relying on someone for manyof your daily needs.
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Glenn W. Parkinson, MSW, MA | June 10, 2013
The homecoming for a couple post-deployment can be heady with anticipation, but sometimes going slowly and reestablishing trust and comfort with sex and intimacy can be crucial for finding that closeness again.
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May 20, 2013
Veteran wife Heather Hummert knows it takes two to tango and it takes two to save a marriage, especially if there is TBI and PTSD involved.
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September 18, 2012
Having a brain injury can sometimes make people feel differently about themselves, perhaps less confident, which can make meeting people challenging. Adam recommends slowly pushing yourself to engage in social activities ... and gaining back some confidence.
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Tina Trudel, PhD | August 29, 2012
Althought incredibly important, issues of intimacy, sexuality, and even parenting after a brain injury are often overlooked in both research and practice.
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Derek McGinnis | July 3, 2012
The wife of Navy veteran Derek McGinnis, in a supportive and loving way, helped him become independent after his brain and other injuries. She acted like his wife, not his caregiver.
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April 12, 2011
Learn the facts and myths about marriage and divorce in these arms of the military.
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April 12, 2011
Learn how 'Citizen Soldiers' or 'Airmen' — and their families — have unique needs and opportunities within the military population.
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A brain injury can significantly affect a person's ability to make good choices in relationships. 
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Kelli Gary talks about the strategies she used to rebuild her social supports after her traumatic brain injury.
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February 3, 2009
The story of one marriage after TBI.
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January 1, 2007
For Lee Woodruff, that phone call was like being back on the Tower of Terror: "It feels as if speed, motion, light, and time literally freeze."  

Military & Veterans

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November 2, 2016
Former Army Sgt. and Dole Caregiver Fellow Danny O'Neel helps fellow veterans who are struggling with how to get through each day.  The biggest change for him, he says, was "learning how to listen."
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October 19, 2016
Thousands of combat veterans suffered traumatic brain injuries that were never documented. Then two doctoral students unearthed the evidence.
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June 21, 2016
Military mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) differs from civilian injury in important ways.
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December 16, 2015
Many military personnel who experience blast-related traumatic brain injury (MTBI) have lasting brain damage as seen by MRI, according to a study published in Radiology.
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May 19, 2015
The Pearce family misses Army life. They not only lost the stability a healthy father would provide but also an entire way of living — the extended family that the Army creates. After years of struggle, they've found...
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May 18, 2015
Why civilian health care providers should be prepared to ask questions about combat exposure, PTSD and TBI.
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March 3, 2015
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March 3, 2015
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February 9, 2015
Adaptive sports programs make a big difference for many injured veterans, as shown in this video featuring the Vail Veterans Program
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October 28, 2011
Millions of Americans have served in the all-volunteer military since 9/11, with many repeatedly returning to the battlefield. Gwen Ifill reports on how this past decade of war has led to increased stress on America's troops and their families, and how today's uniformed warriors are coping with previously unimagined challenges.
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August 15, 2011
General Peter W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, is leading the Army’s efforts as it tackles the challenges of identifying and treating the signature wounds of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan — post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
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Derek McGinnis | August 8, 2011
"I don't measure how far I have come by goals achieved .... For me, what counts is that pain no longer rules my life," so writes Iraq veteran Derek McGinnis.
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October 1, 2010
"When it comes to the treatment of brain injuries ... focusing on the patient and what he wants for himself in the future is the most appropriate approach."
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January 1, 2009
An effort to improve benefits for service members and veterans with TBI.

Policy

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Dr. Jack Tsao talks about recent policy changes and how all branches of the military are working together  to coordinate better concussion diagnosis and treatment.
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James Kelly, MD | October 20, 2010
Soldiers who have sustained three concussions will receive a more detailed, mandatory evaluation before returning to combat.

School Issues

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April 2, 2014
Karen Gross, who served as a senior policy advisor to the US Department of Education in Washington, DC, writes about the opportunities and challenges facing returning veterans when
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February 24, 2014
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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January 27, 2014
Transitioning from military to civilian life can take time and can be tricky. Adam talks about how student veteran groups on college campuses can help vets reintegrate socially in their own way and  time.
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Heechin Chae, MD | December 4, 2013
Dr. Heechin Chae says most people with TBI can return to school but may have to develop new ways to study and learn.
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November 13, 2013
For service members and veterans with ongoing symptoms from a traumatic brain injury, going back to school can come with its own set of challenges. This guide will help.
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November 11, 2013
Receiving service-related disability compensation does not interfere with the funds veterans receive from the GI Bill, explains Adam.
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September 29, 2013
Whether taking classes online or finding a seat in a lecture hall that makes you feel safe, Adam shares ideas for vets with TBI and PTSD returning to school.
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September 3, 2013
Adam talks about how easy it is to set up the accommodations you may need when in college with a TBI or PTSD by first getting documentation from your doctor.
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August 26, 2013
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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August 19, 2013
Adam knows from experience that using any accommodations in college for brain injury or other injuries is always confidential, so veterans returning to college need not worry.
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July 17, 2013
Resources for veterans going to college — from getting started to money matters.
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July 17, 2013
Here are some valuable resources that can help veterans with TBI get started as they transition from military to student life.
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July 17, 2013
Here are some valuable resources that can help veterans with TBI with the financial aspects of transitioning from military to student life.
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July 17, 2013
Here are some valuable resources that can help veterans with TBI succeed as they transition from military to student life.
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July 17, 2013
The 1944 GI Bill transformed not only the lives of veterans but the fabric of our nation. Today’s Post-9/11 GI Bill continues that legacy with some changes.
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July 17, 2013
This manual offers a great deal of good information for service members and veterans who want to return to college.
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Lt. Col. Philip Holcombe, PhD explains how the use of imaginal or behavioral rehearsals helps service members and veterans find strategies to overcome their obstacles.
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July 17, 2013
For veterans who head to school after their service, traumatic brain injury can be an especially difficult diagnosis.
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July 17, 2013
Veterans bring uncommon skills, experiences and resilience to college life; they sometimes also carry with them physical, mental, and social vulnerabilities.
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July 17, 2013
Using your GI Bill benefits successfully means more than just filling out a few forms. Make informed decisions with this useful information.
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In 1990, Kelli Gary fell asleep at the wheel and sustained a severe brain injury. Along a bumpy but ultimately successful path, Dr. Gary earned her bachelor of science degree, two masters degrees, and a PhD.
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In college after her brain injury, Kelli Gary, PhD determined her major then worked diligently and resourcefully to succeed in getting her degree.
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Kelli Gary, PhD talks about how she balanced graduate school with getting work experience and going slowly to achieve all of her goals post-brain injury.
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Speaking from personal experience, Kelli Gary, PhD knows how difficult and frustrating it can be to have to learn to study and think in entirely different ways. "But don't give up," she says. "It can be done!"
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"I look back at my years in college and graduate school and think, wow, if I had just used disability services, my life would have been a lot easier," says Kelli Gary, PhD.
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After five months in acute rehab following her car crash, Kelli Gary, PhD returned to college and tried to do what she had always done. Within two months, she was flunking out. She needed a new plan.
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Even today, after earning her PhD and two masters degrees, Kelli Gary, PhD knows that, with a TBI, sometimes you have to take one step back in order to take two steps forward.
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For Kelli Gary, PhD, one of the hardest lessons she learned was that she had accept the slow process of rebuilding her skills after brain injury in order to ultimately succeed at college.
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April 12, 2013
Helping someone with a brain injury navigate life on a college campus after being in the military can be a tall order. Army veteran Timm Lovitt is the man for the job.
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April 2, 2013
The post-9/11 GI Bill in a nutshell — who qualifies and what the benefits are.
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May 29, 2012
No one wants to feel like a slacker or be perceived as one. Adam shares some excellent advice about how to get necessary accommodations with the help of the school's administration and professors.
 


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