A Head for the Future collaborates with partners to increase awareness of traumatic brain injury, cross-promote resources and expand our reach to the military community. We partner with organizations including government agencies, nonprofit organizations, academic and research institutes and other groups that share our mission to support service members, veterans and their families. Through these partnerships, A Head for the Future helps the military community prevent, recognize and recover from brain injuries.

Learn about our collaborations and contact us to become a valuable partner of A Head for the Future.

Government Agencies

  • Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch

    Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch serves as the central epidemiologic health resource for the U.S. military, playing a critical role in force health protection. This office conducts medical surveillance on a variety of health topics – ranging from infectious disease prevention and behavioral health concerns – to protect service members and their families.

  • Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

    The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury provides the Military Health System with current and emerging clinical and educational information on psychological health and traumatic brain injury (TBI). This center of excellence identifies gaps and prioritizes needs in psychological health and TBI research, and then translates that research into clinical practice to improve patient outcomes. It is a division of the Defense Health Agency Healthcare Operations Directorate — a joint, integrated combat support agency that supports the Military Health System.

  • Department of Defense Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program

    The Department of Defense Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program provides assistive technology and accommodations to support individuals with disabilities, as well as wounded, ill and injured service members, throughout the federal government in accessing information and communication technology.

  • Guard Your Health

    Guard Your Health provides a central place for Army National Guard soldiers and their family members to find information and resources on health and medical readiness. Guard Your Health supports the Army National Guard Chief Surgeon’s efforts to build and sustain a resilient, adaptable and medically ready citizen-soldier force.

  • Health, Promotion and Wellness

    The Health, Promotion and Wellness campaign of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center provides innovative and evidence-based educational resources and tools that facilitate readiness and resilience, prevent illness and injury, hasten recovery and promote lifelong healthy behaviors and lifestyles. The campaign helps keep sailors and Marines fit for service in eight key areas: healthy living, active living, tobacco-free living, reproductive and sexual health, psychological and emotional well-being, injury- and violence-free living, preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use, and weight management.

  • Human Performance Resource Center

    The Human Performance Resource Center, a Department of Defense initiative under the Force Health Protection and Readiness Program, provides evidence-based information and key resources to help service members and their families in all aspects of performance to achieve total fitness and ultimately human performance optimization. The website also serves as a communication channel for human performance optimization research and military communities.

  • Military OneSource

    Military OneSource is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active-duty, Guard and Reserve service members (regardless of activation status) and their families. It is a virtual extension of installation services. Visit Military OneSource today or call 800-342-9647.

  • National Resource Directory

    The National Resource Directory connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans and their families with services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. The directory website provides information on a variety of topics including benefits and compensation, education and training, employment, family and caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation and travel, and other services.

  • Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

    The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center provides health readiness to operating forces and shore command stakeholders across the full range of military commands and civilian organization in the Navy, Marine Corps and joint environments. This center provides readiness through force health protection and risk mitigation to numerous customers in environments including Naval vessels, shore commands and barracks, including joint forces personnel, medical staff, DoD personnel, veterans and their dependents.

  • Office of Warrior Care Policy

    The Office of Warrior Care Policy supports wounded, ill and injured service members in their recovery and reintegration or transition to civilian life. The office develops, deploys and communicates policy that anticipates and meets the needs of recovering and transitioning service members while performing oversight and program development.

  • Polytrauma System of Care

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Polytrauma System of Care is an integrated network of specialized rehabilitation programs dedicated to serving veterans and service members with combat- or civilian-related traumatic brain injury and polytrauma. Services available through this system include interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment, development of a comprehensive plan of care, case management, patient and family education and training, psychosocial support and the application of advanced rehabilitation treatments and prosthetic technologies.

  • Soldier for Life

    Soldier for Life connects Army, government and community efforts to build relationships that facilitate successful reintegration of our nation’s soldiers, retired soldiers, veterans and their families in order to keep them “Army strong” and to instill their values, ethos and leadership within communities. The program helps people leave military service "career-ready" and connects them with an established network to find employment, education and health resources.

Academic/Research

  • Center for Brain Health

    Through more than 60 fully funded research projects, the Center for Brain Health is translating groundbreaking discoveries into practical clinical applications for the treatment of brain injuries. Since it was founded in 1999, the center made exceptional progress in brain research areas of health, injury and disease.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HEADS UP

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HEADS UP initiative strives to protect kids and teens by raising awareness and spurring action to improve prevention, recognition and response to concussion and other serious brain injuries. HEADS UP educational materials help support individuals and organizations with its concussion-related efforts; all materials are available for public use, and distribution is free of charge.

  • UCLA: Nathanson Family Resilience Center

    The UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center is an academic center that combines research with direct services to families. The center mission is to bridge the gap between research and practice to help families become more resilient in the face of challenges. It provides evidence-based services to families to strengthen health and wellness, develops new technology to bring family-centered care directly to families wherever they live, increases access to services through community partnerships, and trains community providers in family-centered interventions.

Nonprofit

  • Armed Forces Foundation

    The Armed Forces Foundation promotes the physical, mental and emotional wellness of service members, veterans and their families. The foundation provides direct assistance programs and advocacy campaigns to support military-to-civilian reintegration efforts.

  • Companions for Heroes

    Companions for Heroes provides companion animals — obtained from shelters and/or rescues where they might otherwise have been euthanized — free of charge to active-duty military, veterans and first responders recovering from the psychological challenges resulting from their service to our country. The organization increases public awareness of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury and other challenges confronting our country’s heroes, and rallies support for animal welfare and the adoption of shelter and/or rescue animals. It is an animal-assisted activity program that recognizes the incredible power of the human-animal relationship and seeks to support those who are experiencing psychological stress as they pursue recovery with the unconditional love of a pet.

  • Easter Seals Dixon Center

    Easter Seals Dixon Center works nationally and locally to break down barriers and connect individuals and organizations with easily accessible solutions that veterans and military families need to access meaningful employment, education and health care.

  • Elizabeth Dole Foundation

    The Elizabeth Dole Foundation mission is to strengthen and empower American military caregivers and their families by raising public awareness, driving research, championing policy and leading collaborations that make a significant impact on their lives. The foundation assists organizations and agencies that serve caregivers — spouses, parents and others — responsible for an injured military member. They align lifeline services for wounded warriors; promote synergy between the public, private, nonprofit, labor and faith communities; and raise awareness about the critical needs facing caregivers today.

  • FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress)

    FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) provides resiliency training to military children and families. It teaches practical skills to help families overcome common challenges related to a parent's military service, to communicate and solve problems effectively and to successfully set goals together and create a shared family story.

  • Give an Hour

    Give an Hour has a mission to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society, beginning with the mental health needs of those who serve and their families.

  • Hidden Heroes

    Hidden Heroes brings vital attention to the untold stories of military caregivers and seeks solutions for the tremendous challenges and long-term needs they face. The campaign’s goals include raising awareness of the issues military caregivers face every day; inspiring individuals, businesses, communities and civic, faith and government leaders to take action in supporting military caregivers in their communities; and establishing a national registry to better connect caregivers to helpful resources and support.

  • K9s for Warriors

    K9s for Warriors provides service canines to service members and veterans coping with PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. Service dogs are a recovery tool for these invisible disorders. Ninety-five percent of the canines in the program come from rescue shelters. These rescue service dogs empower service members and veterans to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.

  • Next Steps Service Dogs

    The Next Steps Service Dogs program employs and empowers veterans and active-duty military coping with PTSD, traumatic brain injury or mobility limitations by providing trained service dogs to improve their quality of life, independence and sense of safety. The program supports service members in training their own dogs for service or pairing them with suitable shelter or rescue dogs, or donated dogs to train. The program also offers career opportunities to unemployed or underemployed veterans by teaching them to train service dogs for other veterans with invisible disabilities.

  • Operation Family Caregiver

    Operation Family Caregiver coaches the families of newly returning service members and veterans to help manage the difficulties they face when they come home. The program is personalized, tailored specifically to the challenges of each family. The program teaches military families how best to navigate their problems, resulting in stronger and healthier families.

  • Our Military Kids

    Our Military Kids recognizes the enormous sacrifices children and their families make for our country, and it is dedicated to helping them through challenging times. Founded in 2004 to support the families of deployed National Guard and Reserve members, the program expanded in 2008 to support children of wounded warriors in all service branches. Many families of the wounded are financially stretched and cannot afford to pay for sports, fine arts and tutoring programs, all of which can be crucial to a child’s sense of well-being. The program grants provide immediate assistance, and the program strives to improve the child’s outlook and academic performance, as well as morale for the entire family.

  • Pink Concussions

    Pink Concussions raises awareness and offers resources for women recovering from concussions sustained through sports, domestic violence, accidents or during military service. Pink Concussions highlights the current science on concussions in women, creates female-focused concussion resources and events and shares women’s personal experiences with head injury.

  • Ride 2 Recovery’s Project HERO (Healing Exercise Rehabilitation Opportunity)

    Ride 2 Recovery’s Project HERO (Healing Exercise Rehabilitation Opportunity) provides training and support for community-based programs. Started in November 2010 at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Maryland, the project shows the benefits of group riding in the rehabilitation and recovery of injured service members and veterans.

  • Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving

    The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving establishes local, state, national and international partnerships committed to building quality long-term home and community-based services. The institute focuses on helping caregivers coping with chronic illness and disability across the lifespan through effective support to promote caregiver health, skills and resilience. The goal of the institute is to support caregivers — both family and professional — through advocacy, education, research and service.

  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

    The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one who served in our Armed Forces, as well as those caring for a wounded service member or veteran. The program provides a national peer support network and connection to resources at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.

  • Vets 4 Warriors

    Vets 4 Warriors provides 24/7 confidential, stigma-free peer support by veterans to active-duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, veterans, retirees and their families/caregivers. They share lived experiences to create an environment of trust that demonstrates that a service member or veterans is never alone; there is a caring, empathetic voice ready to connect.

  • Yellow Ribbon Fund

    The Yellow Ribbon Fund provides practical support to injured service members and their families while they’re at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Maryland, and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Virginia, and after they return to their hometowns.