Many Come Together to Help Families Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

Photo Courtesy Fort Hood Sentinel
Photo Courtesy Fort Hood Sentinel

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading concern and the signature wound of war for American service members returning from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan the last 12 years. Just as we are learning from the effects of multiple concussions for athletes, the military is learning about these concussion-related injuries on the battlefield. Though there is much we still don’t know, families who care for those who live with TBI need to learn about its effects and how to care for those returning home with the condition. The increased numbers of returning service members with TBI and companion complications has caused the Department of Defense and the Veterans Affairs to look at significant changes in the treatment of these injuries. Although family caregivers receive education about TBI, many families find they need additional and ongoing support.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Wounded Warrior Program has teamed up with the eXtension Family Caregiving CoP and the Military Families Learning Network in offering webinars for caregivers. While the webinars are geared for military families, the latest research that is being shared is helpful to anyone who is living with TBI, has a family member or friend with the condition, and professionals who work with these types of families. The webinars focus on complications, issues, coping, and problem-solving strategies.