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According to the Department of Defense (DoD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the invisible wounds of war, and one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. In an American Forces Press Service special report, the Defense Department's efforts to care for wounded warriors suffering from TBI was highlighted. In a press release it was stated, "Since 2000, more than 287,000 U.S. service members have sustained a traumatic brain injury. These injuries have occurred both in training and combat. Eighty-three percent of TBIs are mild TBIs, making it the most common form of brain injury for U.S. Armed Forces personnel." New Clinical Recommendations Released for TBI Injuries.

The Defense Center of Excellence provides quality resources for the Wounded Warrior population relative to TBI, which feature proactive advances for the continuously engage Warfighter; however if the Wounded Warrior separates from the military - choices vary. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center provides more information the Wounded Warfighter can access for greater awareness of their TBI and resources available.

Contingent upon the TBI and long- or short-term post-insult effects, eventually the TBI Survivor moves from the early stages of hospital care, therapies, treatment programs to life-planning. At this phase of life-planning, typically the TBI Survivor is recovering, but has plateaued a time or two and has some degree of normalcy of life while working to learn to live a TBI Survivor's life. Along the path of recovery, there are lessons-learned prior survivors can provide to new survivors, which can save precious time and energy of having to live the lesson again.

TBI Survivors need to be armed with an arsenal of knowledge concerning the achievements and pitfalls of the TBI industry. Knowing brain Injury is the number one cause of death and disability in children and adults under 40 is something to learn initially at the onset of a TBI. Understanding there are at least 6 million people living with this sinister disability is another good statistic to know. Accepting the fact it is a life long journey for survivors and that many of your predecessors make up the majority of prison and homeless populations is information to learn from. Recognizing there is a civil rights movement among TBI Survivors is ultimately a good idea and can be garnered by joining The Brain Injury Survivor Network (TBISN) nightly regarding topics from real experts who have lived and are living the TBI journey with success and often against all odds.

The Brain Injury Survivor Network (TBISN) may not be a savvy business operation with glossy flyers, highly engineered soundtracks and other presentation features, which often overshadow the fact of the matter regarding TBI Survival, but it is loaded with TBI Survivors who have lead the fight for rights to the United States Congress and throughout the past few decades in order to make life easier for each of you as TBI Survivors in the current hour. It was only in 1980 that TBI was recognized and treatment centers and associations began formulating solutions for Survivors. So, the fact is, this is a new industry and being involved in grassroots development will aid your lifetime achievement by leaps and bounds. Like any grassroots organization, not every show is a rocket launch, but each program has insightful nuggets to garner and calling in with comments and questions is always welcomed. So join TBISN and continue to work with your military coordinators as long as you are able.

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Examiner.com also thanks the USO for partnering to present the USO on Examiner.com. The USO has provided a platform on the Examiner dedicated to the Wounded Warrior and works on projects to aid the returning Warfighter, which are severable and apart from the Wounded Warrior Project. Both are highly respected organizations supporting the United States Military Veteran and Wounded Warrior community as well as their children, spouses and caregivers.

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