March 3, 2022
Learn More About This Chronic Mental Illness
Did you know that traumatic brain injury (TBI) can leave long-lasting effects that can often be permanent? Although experts say rehabilitation is possible, those who survive moderate or severe TBI will have to face new challenges and make the necessary adjustments to their way of life. TBI isn’t just physically devastating. It can be emotionally and financially overwhelming as well.
The long-term consequences of trauma or concussion to the brain can be tremendous. Anyone who suffers a serious injury to the head should seek immediate medical attention. As we observe National Brain Injury Awareness Month this March, Veteran Car Donations puts the spotlight on this chronic disease process.
- What Is TBI?
In essence, a traumatic brain injury refers to an injury caused by any external force that moves the brain within the head and disrupts normal brain function.
- What Are the Major Causes of TBI?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls account for almost half of TBI-related emergency department visits. Those who usually experience the most fall-related TBI are children under the age of 1 and adults 65 years and older.
Other top causes of TBI include assaults, domestic violence, child abuse, shaken baby syndrome, gunshot wounds, attempted suicides, motor vehicle accidents, as well as sports, recreational, work, or military injuries.
- What Are the Symptoms of the Common Types of TBI?
Concussions. These head injuries are usually caused by a bump, blow, or a violent jolt to the head or the body that causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth within the head. Repeated concussions can potentially affect a person’s behavior and memory. Moreover, concussions lead to temporary loss of normal brain function. They present the following symptoms:
- Tinnitus (ringing ears)
Contusions. A contusion is a bruise. If a blow to the head bruises the brain, blood will pool and tissues will swell inside it, causing a growing pressure inside the skull. If left untreated, this dangerous condition can further injure the brain and spinal cord. A person with a head contusion may experience the following symptoms:
Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI). This condition results from a blunt injury to the brain. As the brain rapidly accelerates and decelerates inside the skull, its long connecting nerve fibers (axons) are sheared or torn. DAI symptoms include:
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping longer than normal
- Loss of consciousness
Many of Our Heroes Suffer from TBI Amid Other Challenges
CDC reports that over 430,000 service members were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries from 2000 to 2020. Many of our veterans are also suffering from TBI as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. Aside from that, many are also reeling from homelessness, chronic unemployment, disabilities, and serious illnesses.
If you’re looking to extend a helping hand to the veterans in your community who are plagued with these afflictions, consider turning over a vehicle you no longer want or need to us at Veteran Car Donations.
We’ll have your auto donation auctioned, with the proceeds distributed to our veteran-focused charity partners. These IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofits use the funding we give to provide their beneficiaries with financial aid, free quality health care, family support, housing assistance, educational scholarships, psychotherapy services, employment opportunities, and many other services.
You will be amply rewarded for your charitable contribution. You will enjoy our fast and free pickup and towing service wherever you’re residing in the country. What’s more, you’ll also be entitled to receive the highest possible tax deduction in the next tax-filing season.
However, the best reward you’ll get as a donor is the joy of knowing that you’re doing something that will uplift the lives of our nation’s heroes.
You can donate almost any type of vehicle whether still in good condition or no longer.
Support Our Heroes Today!
Don’t miss this chance to help those who risked their lives and made huge sacrifices to serve our country. Your donation is the best gift you can give to the struggling veterans residing in your community. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!