• Military Spouse Leads TBI Champion to Recovery

    Coming home after deployment can be an eye-opening experience for service members and their families. Just as it is important for service members to stay aware of their surroundings on and off the battlefield, it is important for family members to prepare when they return home. A Head for the Future illustrates how important awareness is when facing a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

    During a firefight while deployed, a 7.62 round bounced off of Army Sgt. 1st Class Bradley Lee’s helmet. He didn’t think anything of it at the time and continued on as if nothing had happened. After all, Lee thought that his “body was a machine and that it would do anything if you simply feed it.”


  • DVBIC Podcast Looks at Substance Use after TBI
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    Photo courtesy of II Marine Expeditionary Force

    Army Capt. Daniel Hines knew something was wrong with his friend. Normally a model soldier and enthusiastic recruiter for the Army, the friend was now complaining of burnout, acting irritable and getting into bar fights.

    “If there hadn’t been an intervention, I believe he would have just spiraled out of control,” Hines said. “He would have been arrested; he would have ruined that stellar career he had.”

    Hines’ friend had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) following several blast exposures. He began struggling with TBI and substance abuse. This dangerous combination was the focus of a recent episode of The TBI Family, a podcast series by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC).

  • Military Sexual Assault Affects Everyone
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    Sexual assault affects all service members within the Defense Department, regardless of their gender.

    The Deployment Health Clinical Center recently published an article about the sexual assault of male service members – a group of survivors often overlooked.

    Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a time to talk openly about a topic that we should all be concerned about: sexual assault and harassment of U.S. military members. Sexual assault not only devastates the individual who is harmed, but it also hurts the morale of the unit and of everyone involved, and critically impairs the mission of the Department of Defense (DoD).

  • Military Parents Resources for Kids
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    Military life can be challenging for the children of service members, but it can be easier. The National Center for Telehealth and Technology shares resources for parents and kids to help tackle their worries in its latest blog post.

    If you’re a parent, you worry about your children and how to take care of them. If you are a military parent, you have additional worries:

  • DVBIC Deputy Director Discusses Mission, Importance of TBI Research
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    U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Summer M. Anderson

    The Defense and Veteran’s Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) provides research and support for treating service members with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). DVBIC shared key aspects of its mission and emphasized its importance during a presentation to scientists and potential partners in their work to combat TBI.

    Standing before a select group of scientists and support staff at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick, Deputy Director for DVBIC Katherine Helmick spoke in blunt, immediate terms.

    "We need to be doing more, faster," said Helmick during a lunchtime workshop. "Now is truly the time for action."

  • Getting Back on Track: Changing Your Behavior to Achieve Goals
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    DoD photo by Army Staff Sgt. Pablo N. Piedra

    Many of us approach resolutions for the new year with great determination, but then find that the road to success is bumpier than expected. Spring is a good time to take stock of how you’re doing. If you feel you aren’t meeting your goals, it’s not too late to regroup and set yourself up for success.

    Bradford Applegate, a behavioral health expert with the Deployment Health Clinical Center, explained some reasons people give up on personal goals and why success requires behavior change. When you change counterproductive behaviors and adopt new ones, you’re more likely to see positive growth, he said.