Military-related TBI injuries can be caused by gunshot wounds, exposure to blasts, and even motor vehicle accidents. When the head receives a direct blow, the skull may be damaged or fractured, and damage to the brain may result. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, the severity of TBI can range from a mild concussion to a more severe injury that can cause long-term or permanent damage.
Living with a wounded warrior who has had a TBI can place a heavy burden on the caregiver. It’s important that you, as the caregiver, learn to help your wounded warrior and yourself.
In April 2010, the Department of Defense and the Defense Health Board introduced the Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Caregivers of Service Members and Veterans, a curriculum-based tool for caregivers of service members or veterans with traumatic brain injury. Helping an individual who has had a TBI can be hard on the caregiver. The curriculum will provide healthcare information to caregivers and strategies for coping with the everyday challenges.
The guide consists of six sections:
- Welcome: Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Caregivers of Service Members and Veterans
- Module 1: Introduction to Traumatic Brian Injury (TBI)
- Module 2: Understanding the Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury and What You Can Do To Help
- Module 3: Becoming a Family Caregiver for a Service Member/Veteran with TBI
- Module 4: Navigating Services and Benefits
- Caregivers Companion
The Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Caregivers of Service Members and Veterans curriculum was brought to you by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Health and Human Services. Educational materials were designed by TBI specialists from the DoD and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); family caregivers; and curriculum development experts.
For more information on caring for those with TBI, contact the Brain Injury Association of America, and its affiliate in your state, or visit the Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia, Traumatic Brain Injury website.