In the eyes of our military community, a simple “thank you” goes a long way. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) kicks off their annual National Salute to Veteran Patients during the week of February 14, offering you an opportunity to honor our nation’s heroes. The week recognizes the more than 98,000 veterans of the U.S. armed services that are cared for every day in VA medical centers, outpatient clinics, residences and nursing homes. The goals of the program are to:
- Pay tribute and expresses appreciation to veterans
- Increase community awareness of the role of VA medical centers
- Encourage citizens to visit hospitalized veterans
- Ask citizens to get involved as volunteers
This year, A Head for the Future has an innovative way you can thank our veterans: the Brain Injury Awareness month hashtag card campaign. More than 330,000 service members and veterans have experienced brain injuries in noncombat and combat settings since 2000 (hear some of their stories on our TBI Champions video page).
Here’s how you can spread the word: Download the hashtag card (PDF), write a personal message about how you support the TBI military community, and share on social media in March for #BIAmonth.
By helping us raise awareness of TBI, you may help us prevent future injuries.
The Defense and Veteran Brain Injury Center’s (DVBIC) traumatic brain injury (TBI) initiative, A Head for the Future, promotes brain injury prevention, recognition and recovery resources for service members and veterans, many who are recovering or have received treatment in VA medical centers. March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. Through the month, VA medical centers nationwide are hosting activities and events for our veterans; contact your nearest VA or Vet Center and discover how you, your group or organization can salute those that served our country.