I am an intern with the Military Families Learning Network. During my time with this program I want to be able to reach out to military families all over the U.S. and across the globe to inform and provide them with information. I am currently a student at the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls. I have a triple major in Nursing, Family Services, and Art Studio. My future goal is to be a Child Life Specialist and work with children that experience traumatic life issues that are not typical in a “normal” childhood. I want to be able to help children through stressful times such as a death of a parent, life threatening medical issues, family crisis and more. During my internship with the Military Families Learning Network, I want to be able to explore the research on children in military families and develop practical ways to help them. In addition, I want to assist parents and the professionals in understanding the reasoning why children act the way they do and how to work with them through situations that arise unique to military families. I chose to work with military families because I believe that there is a lot of potential behind each and every one of these families. Military families are not only experiencing everyday life changing events but they are also conquering the events that arise when placed into a military setting. Children are a deep passion of mine and I really want to have the opportunity to share many new ideas to help these children and families become even stronger than they already are.
This post is written by Lacey May Combs, Military Families Learning Network intern.
24,954 Service members were diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in 2012 (Defense Centers of Excellence). Is your wounded warrior one of the 24, 954 service members suffering from mTBI?
The month of March is considered TBI Awareness Month and as we bring attention to the condition affecting many returning service members and their families it is important to identify resources and services available to educate this unique TBI community.
According to the eXtension article, Caring for Those with Traumatic Brain Injury, military-related TBI can be caused by gunshot wounds, exposure to blast, and even motor vehicle accidents. The blow to the head can disrupt normal function causing damage to the brain.
When working with caregivers of wounded service members, many specialists will tell caregivers to learn all they can about their warrior’s condition in addition to the information provided by their doctors and nurse case managers.
As a caregiver, it can often times be difficult to decipher information from medical visits with your service member’s doctors and may add to the already overwhelming caregiving role. Learning on your own can provide a deeper understanding of TBI and allows you, the caregiver, to provide the proper care to your loved one.
To help narrow down the vast TBI resources, the following information has been provided as it relates to TBI in the military. Resources have been broken down between military branches and national programs as you enhance your knowledge of TBI and caregiving.
TBI Programs by Military Branches
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Marine Corps
National TBI Programs and Resources
This blog post is part of a series of Military Family Caregiving articles published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.