As we enter the final week of March, we here at the Center for Deployment Psychology wanted to take a moment to remind everyone again that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. This is particularly relevant, as Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) has been labeled the “signature injury” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This has driven the identification and treatment of mTBIs to the forefront of concerns in military healthcare. Even with the heightened awareness and concern, the epidemiology of combat-related mTBI is still not well understood.
Other resources for information include the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), the Brain Injury Association of America and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All of these offer a wealth of information about mTBI and its effects on Service members, Veterans, their families and civilians.