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Brain Injury Awareness

The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Brain Injury Association of America recognize March as Brain Injury Awareness month to increase awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, from 2000-2018 (1 QTR), more than 383,947 service members have been diagnosed with TBI. Most individuals who sustain a mild TBI will recover fully. However, those with a moderate to severe TBI or multiple mild TBIs experience varied and sometimes prolonged recoveries. The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury defines a TBI as the result of a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. Injuries can be closed or penetrating head wounds and will range in severity from mild to moderate to severe.

March 2019 Spotlight

Advancing Warfighter Brain Health

Congress has designated March 13 as Brain Injury Awareness Day, and Capitol Hill will play host to awareness events. During March, MHS will focus on the issue of TBI. Tools and resources will be provided to help educate service members, their families, retirees and DoD civilians about TBI prevention and treatment while highlighting ongoing MHS research and breakthroughs that help improve and prolong the quality of life for those living with TBI. 

Brain Injury Awareness Month 2019 supports the enduring responsibility of the DoD to promote and protect the health and well-being of our nation’s warfighters and their families. TBI is considered a signature yet invisible injury of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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