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From The Hill:
The Department of Defense has made significant strides toward providing the comprehensive care that our servicemembers with Traumatic Brain Injury and their families need and deserve. These ongoing efforts are already noticeable at the National Naval Medical Center where servicemembers who have sustained severe TBI are treated by an integrated team of health-care providers whose goal is to improve the quality of life of their patients. In another example of collaboration, the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center employs a multi-site network with DoD and Veterans Affairs hospitals to provide and improve TBI care for active duty military and veterans. This week, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence began seeing patients and their families dealing with traumatic brain injury concerns.

DoD recognizes the toll TBI injuries take on the families of servicemembers. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center released the TBI Family Caregiver Curriculum in April. This guide offers servicemembers who sustain moderate or severe brain injury and their caregivers comprehensive health information and tools for coping with the challenges they face. It includes skill-development tools for self-management and for communicating with health care providers and other team members involved in the care, treatment and rehabilitation of the servicemembers or veterans who sustain a moderate or severe brain injury.

The work of the DoD continues as the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury works with the military to raise awareness about concussion. Too often, servicemembers overlook the medical consequences of mild TBI because of loyalties to their mission or fear of appearing weak, or because it’s just a concussion.

Since 2000, TBI has been diagnosed in about 188,270 service members with the majority of those cases – 144,453 – involving mild injuries in which symptoms often resolve within hours to days and almost always improve over one to three months. DoD has learned that active duty and reserve servicemembers are at an increased risk for sustaining a TBI compared to their civilian peers. In general, young men between the ages of 18 to 24 are at greatest risk for TBI and many operational and training activities which are routine in the military are potentially dangerous.
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