There has been a tremendous increase in the number of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan. The incidence of TBI during these conflicts is elevated compared with previous conflicts and has been referred to as the signature wound. Defense Deparment Numbers for TBI
If you are a veteran who has or believes you have a brain injury, or if you are the family of a veteran with similar concerns, we encourage you to call our HELPLINE 800-992-3442. All resources are provided free of charge to persons with brain injuries and their families who request information. Anyone who might benefit from our support services, educational materials, or other resource information is encouraged to participate in our organization.
Veterans Crisis Line: A free, confidential hotline and online chat service for Veterans and Service Members in crisis and their familieis and friends. Call 800-273-8255 and Press 1 or chat online at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net to receive support from caring, qualified responders.
Download a checklist to help identify veterans who may benefit from BIAF services and may have a TBI during or outside of deployment.
Below are links to information and resources for Florida's military, veterans and their families:
Beyond The Invisible: Living With Brain Injury
Please note: this video contains graphic and disturbing images which may not be suitable for everyone.
Coming Home a Different Person
Meet three soldiers and two Marines with traumatic brain injury, hear their stories and see how their recoveries are progressing. From the Washington Post website.
DoD and National Football League Share Data on Traumatic Brain Injury The Department of Defense is actively seeking to change the culture that in the past has stigmatized individuals who sought treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury.
Recognizing the Signs of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury See a PSA launched by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) to encourage service members to get checked out after a blow or jolt to the head that might have caused a concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).
Who's Helping Our Wounded Vets? The Pentagon estimates that as many as one in five Amercian
soldiers are coming home from war zones with traumatic brain injuries, many of which require round-the-clock attention. See the video and find additional resources here.
Windows to the Brain: Neuropsychiatry of Traumatic Brain Injury
Presented by National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Active Duty Military / Veterans In Florida With a Brain or Spinal Cord Injury Comprehensive list of services available in Florida.
Building Bridges To Support Military and Veteran Families
“Building Bridges” is a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary collaborative group whose purpose is to support the PH and TBI needs of military and veteran families by Building community partnerships and networks; (e.g. meetings, ListServs, VTCs) Enhancing community capacity (especially in Guard and Reserve communities); and Developing tools and resources designed to support families.(e.g. Focus Guides, Resource Guides, information sheets).
Defense Center of Excellence - DCoE Releases New Mild TBI Case Management Guidance
DCoE has released two documents—the “Case Management for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Guidance Document” and the “Case Management for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Guidance Fact Sheet.” These documents were created for military case managers who support service members and their support systems living with concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury.
DCoE In Action Newsletters
Provides information and resources for warriors, families and health professionals.
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center - Brainwaves Newsletters
Get the latest information on TBI knowledge, research and treatment.
Football's Brain Injury Lessons Head To Battlefield An NPR article about identifying military personnel who have suffered a concussion and forcing them to rest until their brains have a chance to heal.
Invisible Wounds - Serving Service Members & Veterans with PTSD & TBI
This report by the National Council on Disability describes the less visible psychological and neurological injuries associated with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The report includes recommendations on improving the treatment and rehabilitation of service members and veterans living with PTSD and/or TBI.
'It Changes Who We Are'
An article from The Washington Post about veterans returning home from combat with brain injury.
Returning Home from Iraq and Afghanistan: Preliminary Assessment of Readjustment Needs of Veterans, Service Members and Their Families. This report is offered by the Committee on the Initial Readjustment Needs of Military Personnel, Veterans and Their Families, Institute of Medicine of the Natiional Academies Press in Washington, DC.
Scientists Hope Bomb Blast Research Can Lead to Better Helmets Read the article on the National Defense Institute Association (NDIA) website.
Thousands of Returning Soldiers Face a New Enemy An NPR and ProPublica investigation has uncovered the military's faiilure to diagnose, treat and document brain injuries. Evidence suggests tens of thousands of soldiers are falling through the cracks.
Traumatic Brain Injury Care in the Department of Defense The Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health (PH) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and its operational component the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) address prevention, accurate and timely diagnosis, and appropriate management and disposition of Service members with TBI in this report.
'We Just Don't Know' In a Newsweek article, the Army vice chief of staff, Gen. Petger Chiarelli, explains why inconclusive science is complicating the treatment of wounded warriors.
After Deployment Wellness resources for the military community. Serving service members, veterans, families, military leaders, clinicians, researchers, educators, support personnel and chaplains. Find information about mild Traumatic Brain Injury here.
America's Heroes At Work U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) project that addresses the employment
challenges of returning service members living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Step by Step Toolkit for Employers for employers who have made the proactive decision to include transitioning Service Members.
AVBI: American Veterans with Brain Injuries Offers support to the families of American Service members and Veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.
Brain Injury Association of America BIAF is the official state association of Brain Injury Association America (BIAA) in Alexandria, VA and, as such, is tied to a nationwide network. Brain Injury Association of America offers news and resources for Military Personnel and Veterans with TBI, and their families. Find fact sheets, contacts, news, and other sources of information on their website.
BrainLine National multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI. BrainLine is a service of WETA, flagship public television/radio station in the nation's capital.
The Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia (CEMM) Traumatic Brain Injury Website Provides an informative and sensitive exploration of TBI, including information for patients, family members, and caregivers. Topics include types and symptoms of brain injury, TBI treatment and recovery, and helpful insights about the potential long-term effects of brain injury.
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center DVBIC is the primary operational TBI component of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE). Visit the DCoE website Get help from DCoE Outreach Center 24/7
The Florida BRAIVE Fund
Funds programs that help Floridians impacted by deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Home Again: Veterans and Families Initiative
A service of JBFCS (Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services) that helps veterans and their families cope with the psychological and emotional stresses that can follow a tour—or multiple tours—of duty since September 11, 2001. If you or a member of your family—whether it’s a spouse, a child, or a parent—has been feeling out of sorts and not sure why, know that you’re not alone, that you don’t have to suffer, that you have a place to turn for help.
Make The Connection Shared Experiences and Support for Veterans Find in-depth stories and testimonials of strength and connection as real Veterans recount their paths from joining the military to facing adversity, reaching out, and moving toward resilience and recovery.
The Military Family Network Works with community organizations, local governments and businesses networking them together as one. We are inviting all communities to come onboard to support the families of our Armed Services.
Military OneSource.com is a resource provided by the Department of Defense for military members, spouses and their families. Crisis counseling is available 24/7 by phone in addition to online resources about violence and trauma, substance abuse, casualty and loss, and survivor/widow burdens.
Military Pathways Free, anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments for family members and service personnel in all branches including the National Guard and Reserve.
National Center for Health And Technology The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) researches, develops, evaluates, and deploys new and existing technologies for Psychological Health (PH) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) across the Department of Defense (DoD).
The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) is an advanced facility dedicated to research, diagnosis and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from mild TBI and psychological issues.
National Resource Directory The National Resource Directory (NRD) is an online tool for wounded, ill and injured Service Members, Veterans, their families, and those who support them. The NRD provides access to more than 11,000 services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.
Paralyzed Veterans Association: The Paralyzed Veterans Association of Florida is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of veterans with a spinal cord injury or dysfunction (SCI/D) and other persons with disabilities to achieve maximum health, productivity and self-esteem in their daily lives.
Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.
Remind.org After sustaining a brain injury from a roadside bomb in Iraq, Bob Woodruff, journalist for ABC News, became committed to assisting injured service members and their families. In January of 2008, the Bob Woodruff Foundation was established as a voice to call for support in assisting injured service members and their families.
Resources for War Veterans The National Headache Foundation has a website for veterans experiencing problems with headaches, many of which are the result of concussion, head injury or blast exposure while deployed overseas.
TBI, PTSD & Employment online training tool is available to assist employers and coworkers of veterans to better understand TBI and PTSD in the workplace and how to support individuals who may be living with these conditions. Typically, awareness and a few simple environmental adaptations are all that is necessary for an employer to benefit from a dedicated, skilled employee who has sacrificed in service to others.
The Traumatic Brain Injury Training & Military Veterans Service Project
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the “signature wound” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Traumatic Brain Injury: The Journey Home
This website by the Defense Health Board, Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia, has useful guides for military/veteran family members regarding moderate to severe TBI.
US Department of Veterans Affairs - National Center for PTSD - Help for U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.