In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month this March, the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) will host a variety of events to promote greater awareness of how to prevent, recognize and treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) at 18 network sites. Additionally, DVBIC will support special events including Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill.
“Our theme this year is ‘Think ahead: Be safe. Know the signs. Get help,’” said Army Col. Geoffrey Grammer, DVBIC national director. “We want people to know how to prevent concussions, how to recognize the signs and symptoms in case they sustain a concussion, and what to do if they experienced one.”
For social media fans, a hashtag card campaign will encourage social involvement to help get the #ThinkAhead message to friends, family and followers.
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle and former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva will serve as volunteer chair of DVBIC efforts to help spread the word about brain injury awareness.
“As both a veteran and football player, I’ve seen my share of concussions,” said Villanueva. “When DVBIC asked me to take part in spreading the word about Brain Injury Awareness Month, I had to take the opportunity to help more people prevent concussions when they can and to remind them to get help when they need it.”
To learn more about TBI and the military, visit the DVBIC website.