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.