That's the number of servicemembers with "actual medical diagnoses of TBI that occurred anywhere US forces are located," from 2000 to Q4 2011, according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). DVBIC is "The primary TBI operational component of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE).
What DVBIC does:
- Develop and provide advanced TBI-specific evaluation, treatment and follow-up care for military personnel, their beneficiaries, and veterans with mild to severe TBIs.
- Conduct clinical research that defines optimal care and treatment for individuals with TBI.
- Develop and deliver effective educational materials and programming for the prevention, assessment and treatment of TBI including the management of its continuing effects. DVBIC is specifically committed to the effort to prevent, treat, and provide education on TBI for US military members currently on active duty, National Guard and reservists recently injured in the line of duty, their beneficiaries, and retired military personnel.
- Oversee congressionally-mandated DoD TBI programs.
The average cost per patient of the first year's treatment for a servicemember diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury is $11,700, according to the Congressional Budget Office, which also noted that about 75 percent of those with TBI had a concurrent diagnosis of PTSD.
See: Treatment of PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury by the Veterans Health Administration, Congressional Budget Office (February 10, 2012)