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TBI resources you need to know about

March 06, 2018 - 2:20 pm
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A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a wound that affects every person differently in terms of severity, symptoms and recovery.

There are lot of website resources out there to help veterans and their families navigate the winding path that is medical appointments, therapy, expectations and caregiver self-care. Here are a few that I refer to the most:

Brainline.org

This website is a great source for everything TBI related (as well as PTS) such as news, personal stories and information for veterans and their families. They break down resources into topics, with compiled informative articles that relate directly to the military/veteran experience. This site also dedicates an entire section to caregivers. 

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)

DVBIC is part of the U.S. Military Health System and at their 22 locations, “DVBIC treats, supports, trains and monitors service members, veterans, family members and providers who have been, or care for those who are, affected by traumatic brain injury,” according to their website.

If you are interested in the latest resource literature and research for veterans, family members and caregivers, as well as medical providers, this should be your go-to site.  

Maketheconnection.com

This website is through the Department of Veterans Affairs. It “connects” you to resources based on life events/experience, signs and symptoms or conditions, such as TBI.

Their TBI page features personal experiences from veterans who have a TBI, lists the effects of  a TBI that may be mistaken for other behavioral problems and guides you to the next step to accessing organizations and VA services that can help.