SOURCE: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

September 29, 2011 15:34 ET

VA's Message to Veterans Who Suspect They've Sustained a Brain Injury -- Get Screened

Early Detection Key to Treating and Managing Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); Services Available

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Sep 29, 2011) - Thanks to improvements in battlefield medicine and protective gear, American Servicemembers injured in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere are surviving at higher rates than ever before. However, many of them now face complicated medical conditions, including TBI. If an injury to the brain is detected during a screening, doctors can start treatment quickly to help patients better manage their TBI symptoms.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wants Veterans, Servicemembers, their families/caregivers, and the general public to know that:

  • TBI is a real problem that must be treated and addressed;
  • VA provides first-rate care and resources for those with TBI; and
  • If a Veteran or Servicemember needs rehabilitation services, VA's state-of-the-art system can help.

VA has released a series of outreach products including a documentary and public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Golden Globe®, Emmy, and SAG Award winner and Academy Award® nominee Gary Sinise that recount stories of Veterans with varying degrees of TBI. The pieces highlight the fact that recovering from a TBI is a journey that involves hope, fear, courage, and the support of many. The first step in this journey begins with the important TBI screening.

Chronic symptoms associated with TBI can be subtle or extreme -- from mild confusion to anxiety, to speech and memory loss. They could be the result of a battlefield injury or explosion, or even a car crash or fall. TBI wounds are often invisible, but the treatment is complex and the effects far-reaching. VA is meeting these challenges with specialized treatments, and breakthroughs in rehabilitative therapy.

Learn more at www.polytrauma.va.gov.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Office of Rehabilitation Services
    Veterans Health Administration
    202-461-7314