Traumatic Brain Injury – TBI

According to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), TBI often results from a “blow or jolt to the head or an object penetrating the brain.” TBIs can be caused by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), vehicle collisions, physical assaults, training accidents, or due to combat injuries.

Based on recent research, we now know that TBIs can be caused by both injuries to the head as well as full body traumas and can be associated with or without a loss of consciousness.

The consequences of a TBI may be immediate, such as head trauma, wounds, loss of consciousness, vision, and hearing, and in some cases, the impacts could also be long-term and appear months or years later. This includes headaches, dizziness, vertigo, problems walking, fatigue, irritability, memory problems, and issues with concentration.

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Because TBIs can produce both physical and mental health problems, they have become a signature “invisible wound of war,” impacting the health hundreds of thousands of Veterans. Advancements in medical technology have enabled better standards of care and treatment for TBIs sustained during military service.

In addition, because traumatic brain injuries vary in severity and need for ongoing care, it may be possible for the Veteran to obtain Special Monthly Compensation to assist with these costs. 

For more information about TBI, visit VA’s website.

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