Brain Injury Clinics for the Military

TBI is the signature wound from soldiers returning from the Middle East.

TBI is the signature wound from soldiers returning from the Middle East.

The Air Force and Marines both have brain injury clinics specifically to treat TBI.

The Marines established a state-of-the-art facility at Camp Pendleton and will be a part of the Navy Medicine West Office of Neurotrauma.  

To read more about the facility at Camp Pendleton click here for a story from 10News.

 

 

The Air Force also has a brain injury facility in Alaska that was founded in 2007 at the Elmendorf hospital. 

Base medics and officials anticipated that some of the 3,500 paratroopers with the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team deployed to Iraq from Fort Richardson would return with the war’s signature wound.

There is clearly a huge need for these types of facilities to treat the growing number of TBI cases coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq.

To read more about the facility at the Elmendorf hospital click here for a story from Juneau Empire.com

5 Comments

  1. My husband and I served in the navy and have a 24 year old son with a traumatic brain injury.

    Does the military offer help for adult TBI children to retired military?

  2. On March 1st,1998 I was involved in a Severe TBI, I struck a tree while snowboarding on the mountains of Big Bear, CA. This placed myself in a non-drug-induced comatose state for 45 days. I wasn’t wearing a helmet. I was helicoptered to Lomda Lina University Hospital.

    The longer amount of time in a comatose state, the greater degree of Brain damage, thus the greater amount of time you will need to Rehabilitate, oneself

    At the time of the ‘accident’, I was going through the preliminary steps for commencement from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, with a BA in Marketing.

    After 8 1/2 years of intense Therapy, in local Physical Therapy clinics at my home in San Pedro, CA (Harbor Physical Therapy)and on the Health Sciences Campus of USC, I was well enough to return to USC’s Marshall School of Business to finish my educational pursuits. Only NOW I have a very deliberate purpose to fulfill.

    Upon returning to ‘Marshall’ I immediately changed my major from FROM Marketing TO Entrepreneurial Studies, and was accepted into the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Fully realizing how difficult this would be on my ‘mental state’ I elected to take just one class per semester.

    On May 15, 2009 I successfully graduated from USC’s prestigious Marshall School of Business with a BA in Entrepreneurial Studies from the Lloyd Greif Center.

    The ‘Business Concept’ I graduated with was to begin a new venture called ‘Survival Rehabilitation’. This is where a TBI/Stroke patient will work one-on-one with a personal Trainer to get back some degree of their lost function.

    NEXT STEPS: Am going to do some ‘volunteer’ work at Los Angeles Harbor Community College next semester on Feb. 8th.
    I need to be exposed to as many NEW patients as I can, by working with them inside a ‘gym’ environment, so I know how each medical case will react to prescribed treatment.

    If their are any TBI/Stroke victims in or around the San Pedro/ Wimington/Lomita/Palos Verdes,Los Angeles area, and you need some sort of Physical Activity to keep your Rehabilitation moving forward. I would advise you to Contact Ms. Sue Steele in Disabled Student Services or Mr. Nabeel Barakat the Director of Athletics at Harbor Junior Community College.
    My email address is e.sickenberger@att.net

  3. Debbie,

    I will check in depth about help for our adult children of retired military. Where do you live and what kind of treatment is your son receiving now? When did he sustain his injury and how did it happen?

    I have a contact in Ohio who has a brain injury and who is retired from the military. I will see if I can connect you.

    Warmest regards…

    Sue

  4. Ernie,

    I received your materials and will look them over and respond soon.

    Warmest regards…

    Sue

  5. Any suggestions for Canadians? I find, after living with an loving a TBI gentleman a few years, beyond chronic pain, the challenge is reactions to stress or change. I think TBIs have a post traumatic stress type reaction and society does not deal well with the TBI response. We live in a time of disability awareness and sensitivity training, yet the TBI/ABIs fall through the cracks and peole are not trained or prepared to deal with them. It’s upsetting. They can get revictimized, profiled, discriminated, sterotyped… all kinds of things that they have to deal with on top of recovering and learning to live again. Since a TBI can happen to absolutley anyone, you would think there would be better systems in place to support these people and increase awareness.

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