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DOD Brain Injury Center Launches Podcast for Military Family Caregivers

Col. (Dr.) Geoffrey Grammer, national director of Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, submits the first episode of "The TBI Family" to iTunes with the touch of a virtual button. The podcast, which is focused on providing information to caregivers of service members and veterans who've experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI), is also available on SoundCloud and Google Play.

In recognition of Warrior Care Month and National Family Caregivers Month, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) will launch a new podcast for family caregivers of service members and veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) today.

The podcast, called “The TBI Family,” will focus on providing information about TBI, sharing resources for caregivers and telling caregiver stories.

“We know family caregivers don’t have a lot of free time, but do need access to information,” said Col. (Dr.) Geoffrey Grammer, DVBIC director. “Podcasts are a great way to get our message to caregivers in a way that works for their schedules.”

According to a recent study by Rand Corp., there are 5.5 million military family caregivers in the United States and 29 percent of them are helping someone who experienced a TBI. The study found that the term “family caregiver” can be misleading as well. Nearly a quarter of military caregivers are friends and neighbors.

“We really hope this podcast helps caregivers overcome the challenges they face every day,” said Grammer, “but the only way we can really be sure is feedback from the caregivers themselves. We hope they’ll let us know what they’d like to hear and whether we’re providing that.”

DVBIC is planning a 10-episode first season.

DVBIC serves active-duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with traumatic brain injury through state-of-the-science clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs, and support for force health protection services. Please visit the DVBIC website for more information.

Download the series on iTunes or stream online.

Comments (4)

  • Are Vietnam veteran's included?

    • Wanda, yes all veterans are included in this series.

  • Your acknowledgement that caregivers don't have a lot of free time clearly blames the person with abi/tbi with this stress. We are NOT slackers, nor is my inability to remember, quickness to anger, distractibility, attention lapses, confusion, difficulty choosing, etc. purposeful behavior. So solve the issue and design the sessions to be viewed together as a normal part of recovery each day.

    • Robert, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We in no way intend to put blame on the caregiver or on the injured person. Our point that caregivers don't have a lot of free time was meant to acknowledge that they deserve extra attention and support--and that we are here to help. We heard directly from caregivers that they have limited free time and researchers have data to support that feedback. We think our podcast, which allows people to listen on demand, will meet caregivers' specific needs. We will share your thoughts with our subject matter experts and podcast crew to take into consideration for future segments.

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