It is no secret that veterans are at a higher risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The consequences of TBI, blast-related concussions, and post-traumatic stress disorder can be devastating. It is important that veterans have all the resources and information available to get the help they need to recover. The first way that we, as a nation, can assist our veterans is to know the numbers, who is at risk and set up ways for veterans to access those resources. Here are a few statistics regarding veterans and TBI.
Who Is at Risk?
Active duty and reserve service members are at higher risk, as they are typically the ones at the front line. Generally, these service members are between the ages of 18 and 24 and participate in operational and training activities that could involve explosives, IEDs, and mines.
Understand Different Injuries
Different TBIs caused by various injuries can impact a service member in different ways. It is important that each veteran is treated on an individual and personalized basis. If you identify that a veteran may have suffered a TBI, it is important to talk things over with a medical professional. They can perform an evaluation and make suggestions for ongoing treatment. Make sure to be open and honest with all symptoms so they right type of treatment options are offered.
Look for Support
Statistics show that veterans who join a TBI support group have a better outcome than those who do not. TryMunity is a fantastic community full of people from all walks of life who have suffered TBI. There is also a veteran-specific TBI recovery support program located through the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. No matter where you go, make sure to ask for the help you need.
For more information about veterans and TBI, make sure to look at our resources or join the TryMunity Community.