Coming home after deployment can be an eye-opening experience for service members and their families. Just as it is important for service members to stay aware of their surroundings on and off the battlefield, it is important for family members to prepare when they return home. A Head for the Future illustrates how important awareness is when facing a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
During a firefight while deployed, a 7.62 round bounced off of Army Sgt. 1st Class Bradley Lee’s helmet. He didn’t think anything of it at the time and continued on as if nothing had happened. After all, Lee thought that his “body was a machine and that it would do anything if you simply feed it.”
When Lee returned home on leave mid-tour, his wife, Jennifer, quickly noticed things weren’t quite right. In the end, she made a difficult choice that set Bradley on a path to recovery. Jennifer remembers Bradley showing signs and symptoms of TBI, such as memory loss.
“He went down to my mom’s pasture, and he was target practicing. He got really scared,” she said. “He let me know that when he was down there, he realized he didn’t know how he got there or what he was doing.”