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New Bill to Allow Veterans Free Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury

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A bill allowing Oklahoma veterans to be provided with free hyperbaric oxygen treatment for traumatic brain injury has been approved by the state Senate.

March 13th, 2014 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News | Read More »

VA to Expand Benefits for Traumatic Brain Injury

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Some Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who are diagnosed with any of five other ailments will have an easier path to receive additional disability pay under new regulations developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

December 16th, 2013 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Mental Health Care – Ensuring Timely Access to High-Quality Care


It is now 10 years since the United States went to war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan before that. The cost of these wars has been very high.

March 20th, 2013 | Posted in Top 10,Vet News | Read More »

VA Seeks to Expand TBI Benefits

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is publishing a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that would change its rules to add five diagnosable illnesses which are secondary to service-connected Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

December 7th, 2012 | Posted in Health,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Stem Cells Could Aid in Healing Traumatic Brain Injury

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Scientists from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center received a one-year, $20,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) to study the capacity of stem cells derived from bone marrow to assist in the healing of traumatic brain injury.

November 26th, 2012 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

San Diego VA Hosts National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic


At last year’s National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic (NVSSC) in San Diego, Steven Bradford faced his fiercest competitor.

September 11th, 2012 | Posted in Benefits,Regional,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

VA Researchers Receive Nation’s Top Award for Early Career Scientists

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Four Department of Veterans Affairs researchers were among the 96 recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) honored at a ceremony held last month. The PECASE is the highest honor conferred by the U.S. government on federal researchers in the early stages of their careers.

August 29th, 2012 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Redesigned Transition Assistance Program Announced


VA has launched a comprehensive program to identify, screen and treat all Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI), and to ensure that they receive patient-centered, integrated care and benefits.

July 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Registration for 2012 VA National Research Week Forum

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If so, VA Research would like to invite you to register and attend our national forum event on Thursday, April 26 in Washington, DC. This year’s theme is, Caring for Veterans through Discovery and Collaboration.

April 19th, 2012 | Posted in Benefits,Regional,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Iraq, Afghanistan Vets Find Healing in Helping Wounded Warriors

Chris Carver, an Army veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury following an improvised explosive device attack in Iraq, gets tips to help him navigate Snowmass Mountain on a snowboard from volunteer adaptive ski instructor Matt Gualtieri. Carver says sharing adaptive sports with other disabled veterans has been a key to his recuperation. DOD photo by Donna Miles

Five years after suffering a traumatic brain injury in combat, Chris Carver is among a growing legion of veterans from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan who have discovered the healing power of helping other wounded warriors on their road to recovery.

March 29th, 2012 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News March 22, 2012

The Department of Defense and VA are using their partnered programs to identify and treat traumatic brain injury.

March 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Benefits,Top 10,Vet News | Read More »

VA, Writing Help Iraq War Veteran Cope with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury


Iraq War Veteran Amber Stone, a native of Claremore, Okla., has always loved to write – from short stories to poems to journal entries and internet blogs.

December 1st, 2011 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

America at War: The Amputation-TBI-Burn-Factory

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The VA has the increased challenge of meeting the needs of the veterans returning from OIF and OEF.

October 19th, 2011 | Posted in Coping,Editor,Health | Read More »

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – October 18, 2011

VA recently launched a campaign to increase awareness about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the services provided to Veterans and service members recovering from TBI and co-occurring complex injuries.

October 18th, 2011 | Posted in Top 10,Vet News | Read More »

Great News for Brain-Damaged Vets

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Successfully treating dead and dying brain cells, whether caused by a Stroke or by roadside bomb concussion, or any trauma has proven difficult and not very efficient.

October 4th, 2011 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Traumatic Brain Injury Increases Dementia Risk


Patients diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) had over twice the risk of developing dementia within seven years after diagnosis compared to those without TBI, in a study of more than 280,000 older veterans conducted by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

July 21st, 2011 | Posted in Health | Read More »

TBI Veterans: Detecting Hidden Eye Injuries

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A recent study conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reveals the extent of internal eye injuries (closed-eye ocular injuries) among Veterans who have sustained blast-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI).

June 25th, 2011 | Posted in Vet News | Read More »

Intrepid Center Marks First Anniversary

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A year after its ribbon-cutting ceremony, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence is making a difference in the lives of warfighters suffering traumatic brain injuries and psychological disorders, said Dr. James Kelly, the center’s director.

June 24th, 2011 | Posted in Health,PTSD | Read More »

Partnering for Justice

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The members of the Veteran panel discussion share their experience returning home after combat deployment.

June 6th, 2011 | Posted in Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury

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Military personnel with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) should receive early adequate nutrition immediately after the injury, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

April 27th, 2011 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Father and Son Suffer Post-Iraq War Brain Injuries

Both survived an IED blast, three years apart, and struggle with aftermath MOORPARK, Calif. — The crisply ironed uniforms of the father and son hang side by side in what they have dubbed the “Marine Corps closet,” a dark space filled with vestiges of their tours of duty. Two Purple Hearts. A backpack full of […]

February 7th, 2011 | Posted in Coping,Health | Read More »

In Houston, Rep. Giffords Could Receive Brain Injury Treatment Thousands of Troops Do Not

If Giffords does end up receiving it, she’ll be getting a treatment that many troops don’t. As we’ve reported [7], the Pentagon’s health program, Tricare, has refused to cover [8] cognitive rehabilitation therapy for the tens of thousands of service members who have suffered brain injuries in the line of duty. Tricare, which provides insurance-style coverage to troops and many veterans, does cover speech and occupational therapy, which are often part of cognitive rehabilitation.

January 26th, 2011 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Federal Agencies Share Latest Research

WASHINGTON – Helping severely wounded Veterans and Servicemembers recover and reintegrate into their families and communities was the theme of a joint Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) two-day conference at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. “One […]

December 11th, 2010 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

From the VA: 1.      Baker: VA Can Benefit From “Open Source Community Based Around VistA.” FierceGovernmentIT (10/26, Walker) reports, “Public debate over the electronic road ahead for the Veterans Affairs Department is often informed by a series of high-profile information technology project failures at the department,” whose “Chief Information Officer Roger Baker has told Congress and […]

October 26th, 2010 | Posted in Benefits,Regional,Top 10,Vet News,Veteran Service Organizations,Veterans Affairs | Read More »


MEDICAL ADVANCES: UNDERSTANDING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES (TBIs) By Texas Vet, First Cavalry  Decades ago, I got blown up—literally outside a tin can sh*t and shower hut while guarding one our military’s several DMZs (de-militarized zones)—Wild West-like territories separating two or more or warring factions. I suffered first, second and third degree burns along with head […]

September 14th, 2010 | Posted in Health | Read More »

House Committee Investigates How to Connect Injured Veterans with Innovative Treatment

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, July 21, 2010, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Filner (D-CA) led a roundtable discussion to review innovative treatment options for veterans injured while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.  More than 20 participants shared relevant information concerning treatment tools that have been developed or are in development concerning traumatic brain […]

July 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Benefits,Vet News,Veterans Affairs | Read More »

Study Raises Questions About Military’s Brain Injury Assessment Tool

Senior Defense Department officials have stressed repeatedly in public they are doing everything they can to provide the best care possible to U.S. troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. But that might not be the case for the tens of thousands of troops who have experienced some form of brain injury.

May 25th, 2010 | Posted in Health | Read More »

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, A Common Consequence of Exposure to Explosions, Blasts, Assaults, Car & Motorcycle Accidents

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TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI): JUST THE FACTS  By Carol Ware Duff MSN, BA, RN Injuries to the brain may be more common than you know. With exposure to blasts, the military is a prime target for such an injury.    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an acquired injury to the brain by an abrupt trauma. In […]

October 26th, 2009 | Posted in Health | Read More »


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