VA Encourages Veterans Who Suspect They’ve Sustained a Brain Injury to Get Screened

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is seeking your help

 Thanks to improvements in battlefield medicine and protective gear, American Servicemembers injured in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere are surviving at higher rates than ever before. However, many of them now face complicated medical conditions, including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)is seeking your help in getting the word out about why early detection of an injury to the brain is so important. 

If detected during a screening, doctors can start treatment quickly to help patients better manage their TBI symptoms. That’s why VA wants Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families/caregivers, to know that: 

  • TBI is a real problem that must be treated and addressed 
  • VA provides first-rate care and resources for those with TBI 
  • If a Veteran or Servicemember needs rehabilitation services, VA’s state-of-the-art system can help.  

Chronic symptoms associated with TBI can be subtle or extreme – from mild confusion to anxiety, to speech and memory loss.  They could be the result of a battlefield injury or explosion, or even a car crash or fall. TBI wounds are often invisible, but the treatment is complex and the effects far-reaching. 

To hear firsthand how VA is highlighting the journey to recovery from TBI, please watch and share their series of outreach products including a documentary and public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Golden Globe®, Emmy, and SAG Award winner and Academy Award® nominee Gary Sinise that recount stories of Veterans with varying degrees of TBI.  

To learn more about how VA is meeting the challenges associated with TBI through specialized treatments, and breakthroughs in rehabilitative therapy, please visit www.polytrauma.va.gov.