(U.S. Army Photo/Released) The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is a part of the U.S. Military Health System. Specifically, DVBIC is the traumatic brain injury (TBI) center of excellence for the Defense Health Agency. Founded in 1992 by Congress, DVBIC’s responsibilities have grown as its network of care and treatment sites has grown.
As the traumatic brain injury (TBI) Pathway of Care manager within the Military Health System (MHS), the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) promotes state-of-the-science care from point-of-injury to reintegration for service members, veterans, and their families to prevent and mitigate consequences of mild to severe TBI.
At 18 sites supported by a Washington, D.C-area headquarters, DVBIC treats, supports, trains and monitors service members, veterans, family members and providers who have been, or care for those who are, affected by traumatic brain injury.
DVBIC works at the macro-level, screening and briefing troops heading into theater, performing pre-deployment provider training at military treatment facilities, gathering data mandated by Congress and DoD, and overseeing research programs. At the micro-level, DVBIC treats service members and veterans with mild, moderate or severe TBI, and helps them from the moment of injury to their return to duty or reintegration into the community. DVBIC develops, provides and distributes educational materials for both military and civilian providers, families, service members and veterans.
The DoD has further solidified DVBIC’s role by naming it the Office of Responsibility for these tasks:
- Creation and maintenance of a TBI surveillance database
- Service compliance for pre-deployment neurocognitive testing
- Creation and distribution of the Family Caregiver Curriculum
- Design and execution of a 15-year longitudinal study of the effects of TBI in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom service members and their families
- Design and completion of independent head to head study to evaluate the reliability and validity of computerized neurocognitive tests
- Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center 2016 Annual Report
- Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center 2015 Annual Report
- Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center 2014 Annual Report
- Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center 2013 Annual Report
- Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center 2012 Annual Report
- Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center 2011 Annual Report