Thursday, August 6, 2009

TBI in the Military

TBI has become the signature injury of the current wars in Iraq & Afghanistan.

More than 11,800 troops have been seriously injured in an IED attack, and many thousands more have been near enough to suffer a concussion

As of October 31st, 2006, only 1,652 soldiers and marines who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been officially diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury

Based on existing data, veterans' advocates believe that between 10 and 20% of Iraq veterans, or 150,000 and 300,000 people, have some level of TBI. Among wounded troops, the rate of TBI rises to 33%

In 2005 the Brain Trauma Foundation, supported by a grant from the Defense & Veterans Brain Injury Center, created the Guidelines for the Management of Combat Related Head Trauma.

With the support of Dr. Joanna Geldner Silverman and The Silverman Family Trust, BTF has established the Dr. Michael Geldner Matching Program. Funds raised through the program will be used to improve prevention, diagnostics, and treatment for military personnel with TBI.

Support the Dr. Michael Geldner Matching Program

News Headlines

"TBI in Combat"

"Key Iraq Wound: Brain Trauma" from USA Today

"Brain Injuries Range from Loss of Coordination to Loss of Self" from USA Today

"The Iraq War's Hidden Wound" from MSNBC

"Brain Injuries Common for Iraq War Vets" from MSNBC

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