Returning home from overseas deployment and subsequently getting discharged from military service do not guarantee our brave military men and women a good life as civilians once again. As a matter of fact, it’s quite the opposite. Many of them came back with certain mental disorders, one of the most common being traumatic brain injury.
With about 320,000 of our veterans diagnosed as suffering from traumatic brain injury, it’s no wonder that the condition has been called “signature injury” by the Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom was the official name used by the U.S. government for the Global War on Terrorism between 2001 and 2014. On the other hand, Operation Iraqi Freedom was the military conflict between the forces of Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein and a U.S.-led coalition from 2003 up to 2010.
Traumatic brain injury is also regarded as the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., with one and a half million individuals incurring the injury in just a year.
Traumatic brain injury occurs as a result of sudden trauma to the head or brain. Since our troops spend a great deal of their time on the battlefield, they are pretty much exposed to blasts from land mines, grenades, and explosives. They are likely to experience symptoms of the injury right after the event, or it may take days to show up depending on the severity.
This form of brain injury is damaging to one’s overall well-being. It not only causes changes in the mental aspect (memory loss, difficulty in concentration, poor judgment, etc.) but also to the body itself (dizziness, sensory loss, headache, etc.). People with the injury are also prone to depression, irritability, and anxiety.
Families and friends of veterans with this condition are also affected. Many may find it burdensome to deal with the frequent mood swings or angry outbursts of their significant one, eventually leading to broken relationships.
Safely back home, our veterans may finally be free from the dangers of losing their lives at war, but with the risk posed by this form of brain injury, they might have another battle to overcome.
Support Programs for Former Military Personnel with TBI
If you know of active-duty soldiers and veterans who are suffering from traumatic brain injury, you can point them to these important resources that can certainly help them:
The AL-TBI program aims to improve the lives of veterans with the injury by providing programs such as rehabilitation and specialized residential care.
The DVBIC caters to active military members and veterans with traumatic brain injury, as well as their families. It has all the information you should know about the injury.
Located in Suffolk County, this is a peer-to-peer program designed for retired military members with PTSD and TBI.
Wounded Warrior Homes is a nonprofit charity that provides homes to 9/11 veterans who struggle with TBI and PTSD.
MMIA seeks to assist former service members in overcoming traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Veteran Crisis Line is a free and confidential 24/7 service that connects our vets and their loved ones with VA responders. Some responders are also veterans who can certainly relate to the challenges and issues being faced by their fellow ex-soldiers.
Here’s How You Can Help Our Vets with Your Car Donations
With our government unable to provide for the needs of many of our suffering veterans, you can play a part in helping out our heroes. When you contribute to Veteran Car Donations, you make it possible for our affected veterans to find treatment for their physical and mental ailments. How’s that so?
We partner with several military-focused nonprofit organizations that seek to provide assistance to our vets and their families. Your donated car or any other vehicle is used to generate funding for these nonprofits, enabling them to provide medical assistance and other healthcare services.
All it takes is a simple phone call or an accomplished online donation form. We tow your car for free, auction it off, use the proceeds to fund veteran programs, and we send you a tax-deductible sales receipt that you can use to claim your top tax deduction as our way of saying thanks. Most of all, you make a difference in the lives of our veterans who are suffering from traumatic brain injury.
Donate to Veteran Car Donations today and see lives transformed! Give us a call at 877-594-5822. We’ll be happy to hear from you!