Brain Injury Awareness Month
The Military Health System and TBI
What are we doing for our service members and veterans?
- The MHS is aggressively pursuing screening, treatment, recovery and prevention programs and services to improve outcomes for those Service Members who have sustained a TBI, particularly a mild TBI.
- CNRM is supporting efforts to recruit Service Members and Veterans into clinical studies (http://www.cnrmstudies.org). Additionally the center supports the 15-Year Longitudinal Study, and is offering interventional studies to treat symptoms of chronic TBI.
- The DoD offers a wide variety of products such as clinical recommendations, tool kits and mobile applications to assist health care providers in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of patients with a mild TBI. Access to these can be found at dvbic.dcoe.mil.
- The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) provides TBI subject matter expertise and resources for the DoD. The center’s A Head for the Future campaign is dedicated to raising awareness among Service Members, Veterans, and their families about how to recognize, prevent, and recover from TBI.
- DVBIC staff throughout the MHS are conducting studies within Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) across the country and overseas to mitigate the effects of TBI. The center will be teaming with CNRM to begin a series of interventional TBI studies in the MTFs that are focused on alleviating symptoms of chronic TBI (depression, sleep disturbance, headache, etc.)
- The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) improves the lives of patients and families living with TBI through excellence and innovation in TBI care, research and innovation. Through an integrated approach patients receive conventional and complementary treatments.
- The NICoE collaborates with MTFs and Intrepid Spirit Centers to increase understanding and standardize practices for TBI recovery.