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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.