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Brain Injury Awareness Toolkit

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Our goal is to increase traumatic brain injury (TBI) awareness and improve health care providers’ ability to identify, care for, and treat all those who are affected by TBI. A TBI is a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. According to the Defense Health Agency Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence, 430,720 service members have been diagnosed with a first-time TBI since 2000.

Recognized each year in March, Brain Injury Awareness Month serves as an opportunity to share information with the military community about Traumatic Brain Injury. A TBI is a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain, and depending on severity, can have severe and long lasting effects on anyone who experiences one.

Messages for Communicators

  • As an “invisible wound of war” and an injury that can happen in any setting, TBI presents complex and challenging problems for many service members and their families.
  • According to the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence (TBICoE), as of February 2021, 426,394 service members have been diagnosed with a first-time TBI since 2000.
  • The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to protecting the brain health of our service members.
  • Even a mild TBI can impact one’s entire body, mind, and spirit.
  • Sustaining brain health and preventing injury is critical, as TBI can create changes in mood, personality, and behavior, and affects service members’ ability to complete their mission.

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