Did you know there are sometimes differences between Veterans and civilians who present with traumatic brain injury (TBI)?

For Veterans, TBI may occur from blast exposures, motor vehicle crashes, falls, flying debris or being thrown against a hard surface.

TBI is a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head, the head suddenly and violently hitting an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms may include:

  • Loss of or decreased consciousness
  • Loss of memory for events before or after the event (amnesia)
  • Focal neurological deficits such as muscle weakness, loss of vision, change in speech
  • Alteration in mental state such as disorientation, slow thinking or difficulty concentrating

Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of damage to the brain. Mild cases may result in a brief change in mental state or consciousness. Severe cases may result in extended periods of unconsciousness, coma, or even death.

Join us Aug. 26 at 1 p.m. ET to learn about unique aspects of Veterans with TBI and enhance your ability to develop an effective treatment plan.

Dr. Joel Scholten, National Director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Associate Chief of Staff for Rehab Services, will discuss VA’s TBI/Polytrauma System of Care.

He will cover the need to develop an individualized plan of care for Veterans with TBI and how to connect their Veteran patients to VA resources.

Attendees will also learn about online tools and training resources to help care for Veterans with TBI.

Webinar Information


For more information on TBI: https://news.va.gov/?s=TBI

By C. Barbara Plantt is the outreach coordinator for Digital Engagement, OCC Communications.

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Published on Aug. 23, 2021

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