I want Service Members, and their families to read this.
I want them to feel that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, that they can figure out what’s wrong, and that they can get help.
I want them to know what they are looking for in diagnosing a Traumatic Brain Injury, and I want them to know where they can find help.
And then, I want the Service Members and their families to get the help they deserve.
We Service Members are exposed to head trauma every day – IEDs, explosions, falls, vehicle wrecks – and we don’t often log or report these incidents. We don’t think anything of them. “Just part of the job,” we think. Then we get up, dust ourselves off, and go back to work.
I’ve experienced this personally, and I’ve witnessed it in my peers, subordinates, and superiors. As a Service Member, you have to take care of yourself. As a supervisor, you have to take of your troops. If you aren’t at 100%, then you cannot do your job at 100%, and the military suffers, your family suffers, and you suffer. It is your duty to your country, your military, and yourself to make sure you and your troops are healthy.
Like many of you, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I didn’t know that multiple head injuries over time could cause or exacerbate a Traumatic Brain Injury. I didn’t know that I should log every head injury, no matter how small, in my medical records. And I didn’t know what to do, years later, as I was about to retire. I didn’t know how to fix it.
That’s why I wrote a book about my experiences, and why I’m writing this blog. I figured it out the hard way. It was painful and it probably didn’t have to be. I wanted to make it easier for my brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces.
The purpose of this blog is to help Service Members recover from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) by informing them about the services offered by the military.
I sincerely hope that some soldier or his/her wife or his/her parents finds this blog while googling TBI, and learn how to apply for the services provided in the Veteran’s Polytrauma System of Care. I wish I had known this information two years ago. I wish I’d known it 10 years ago.
If you have ever suffered a head injury in a car wreck, a fall, an explosion, or any other action that resulted in having your ‘bell rung’, being ‘knocked silly’, or knocked unconscious for any amount of time, no matter how small, then please read this blog or buy my book.
Get the treatment you deserve.
My next post will talk about my experience with TBI and how I finally got diagnosed almost 10 years after the initial incident.