Service Members and Veterans

More than 2 million American service members have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn since Sept. 11, 2001. Many of these brave men and women have experienced multiple deployments, leaving behind loved ones to serve the nation.

The character of America’s armed forces is one of toughness, dedication and self-sacrifice, placing the well-being of others above their own.

Most service members complete their deployment without sustaining a concussion, also known as a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), and those who do sustain a mild TBI usually return to duty after little to no intervention.

Mild TBI most commonly has a good outcome (prognosis) and experts anticipate full recovery from this injury.

Sometimes it is difficult to determine whether some service members and veterans need help for several reasons. While on deployment, service members may deny symptoms of physical injury in an effort to continue supporting their mission. Others are accustomed to their daily routine and do not recognize they need assistance until they return home. This website presents information to help service members and veterans prevent TBI and identify resources in case they need a referral to a licensed health care provider.

How to Use This Site

If you are a service member or veteran who knows or believes you have sustained a TBI, DVBIC would like to help you. Please either email for information, or visit our locations page and call the location nearest you. Learn about DVBIC’s TBI Recovery Support Program and its nationwide network of Recovery Support Specialists.

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Go to About TBI page

Nearly 1.7 million people sustain a TBI every year in America, though most recover quickly and completely.

Go to TBI Awareness and Prevention page

Not all brain injuries are preventable, but there are ways to reduce the possibility of sustaining one like always wearing a seatbelt and wearing the right helmet for each sport.

Go to Diagnosis and Assessment page

Brain injury is notoriously difficult to diagnose, but tools like MRIs, health histories, and neuropsychological evaluations can reveal a lot.

Go to Treatment and Recovery page

Most people who experience brain injury will recover quickly and with no long-term effects. For those with ongoing symptoms, treatments can range from simple rest to complex therapies.

Go to Caregiving page

When a loved one sustains a traumatic brain injury, especially a moderate to severe injury, becoming a caregiver can happen suddenly. Without warning, life for the whole family can change.

Go to Symptom Management page

A brain injury can affect a person physically and psychologically, and sometimes the symptoms — like memory problems or emotional and behavioral changes — don't appear immediately.

Go to Life After TBI page

For most people who experience a brain injury, life will return to a similar pace. But for many others, a TBI may mean months, years or even a lifetime full of changes.