Topics for Family & Friends
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be classified as mild, moderate, severe or penetrating. The severity is determined at the time of injury.
Most traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) sustained by service members are mild, occur in the non-deployed setting, and do not pose long-term problems for the service member’s health. Most service members who sustain a TBI recover quickly and fully.Since 2000, over 250,000 service members have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury or TBI.
Do you care for a vet with TBI? Participate in Congress requested Caregiver Study about your health care needs!
Being a caregiver can be both challenging and rewarding. Caregivers often tell us that what helped them most was this advice: Take things one day at a time. Learn to ask for and accept help. Try to reduce stress. And maintain hope.
Find information and links for service members and their families from DOD and VA health insurers.
Because of growing concern about traumatic brain injury (TBI), Congress requires that military and Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals screen all service members returning from combat for TBIs. This ensures early treatment; however, it also creates the need for additional management of care as service members and veterans move through military, VA and civilian health systems nationwide.