WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) launched a multi-year traumatic brain injury (TBI) awareness, education and prevention initiative called “A Head for the Future.” The purpose of this new campaign is to help service members, their families and veterans: recognize the signs and symptoms of TBI; understand the importance of seeking medical attention; and take proper safety precautions to prevent TBI.
Since 2000, more than 294,000 U.S. service members have sustained a traumatic brain injury. More than 80 percent of TBIs in the U.S. Armed Forces occur in a non-deployed environment, according to Defense Department worldwide numbers for TBI.
“The majority are related to vehicle crashes, falls or sports injuries,” said Army Col. Sidney Hinds, DVBIC national director. “These incidents can be reduced through better TBI awareness and pro-active safety measures. We want service members to seek medical attention if they have had a concussion or think they have been in a concussive event, and to take better precautions to prevent them.”
“A Head for the Future” provides educational materials for service members, veterans, medical providers and family members on how to prevent head injuries and take proper safety precautions during high-risk activities, such as playing sports, conducting military training or operating motor vehicles.
“The Department of Defense knows that early and appropriate diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of a TBI will shorten the time it takes for a service member to return to duty or the highest level of activity possible to continue their mission,” said Hinds. “This TBI initiative is about maintaining the combat readiness of our forces, care of our veterans and the safety of our family members.”
DVBIC offers online TBI resources including fact sheets, guides and clinical recommendations, as well as training through webinars and courses. Resources are available for services members, veterans, family members and medical providers.
For more information about the “A Head for the Future” campaign, please visit dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture.