• Air Force Veteran: ‘You Never Know What You Can Do Until You Try’

    In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, we are featuring the stories of people who experienced brain injuries and recovered. In this post from A Head for the Future, Sue Davis recovered from her injuries but took longer to get over the fear that came with them. A video about Sue Davis’ brain injury experience is available on the A Head for the Future web page.

    In 1987, retired Air Force Capt. Sue Davis was going for a bike ride — one of her favorite activities. As she rounded a corner, a car driving erratically collided with her. Davis wasn’t wearing a helmet.

  • Marine reservist, TBI survivor shares inspiring story for Brain Injury Awareness Month

    In 2005, Eve Baker was riding her bicycle in Honolulu when a car struck her. She hit the windshield at almost 40 miles an hour. “If I hadn’t been wearing a helmet,” she said, “I wouldn’t be here today.”

    Baker, a Marine reservist, was diagnosed with a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). When she woke up in intensive care, she had retrograde amnesia; she couldn’t remember anything that occurred two weeks before the accident. She started on her path to recovery, relying on her fiancé to help with daily tasks. By following the doctor’s orders to rest, avoid exercise and stay home from work for nearly two months, Baker made a full recovery. Today, Baker lives in Quantico, Virginia, with her husband and their two young children.

  • Marine Cyclist Recovers by ‘Following Doctor’s Advice’

    In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, we are featuring the stories of people who sustained brain injuries and recovered. In this post from A Head for the Future, Maj. Eve Baker was injured when a car hit her while biking to work. A video about Eve Baker’s brain injury experience is available on YouTube.

    In 2005, a car struck Marine reservist Maj. Eve Baker head-on while she was biking to work in Honolulu. She flew face-first into the windshield, shattering her helmet — which likely saved her life. Eve was immediately taken to the hospital and spent three days in intensive care.

  • Post Your Selfie to Promote Brain Injury Awareness Month
    photo collage showing people and animals with signs for Brain Injury Awareness Month

    Here’s a new way to support our military community and promote safety during Brain Injury Awareness Month in March: Snap a selfie!

    A Head for the Future, the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) traumatic brain injury (TBI) awareness initiative, launched the #ThinkAhead hashtag card campaign across its Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on the DVBIC page on Facebook. We urge military communities to spread the word: be safe, know the signs and get help if you think you sustained a TBI.

  • National Salute to Veterans Week: Share Appreciation on Social Media
    Image of service members saluting titled: National Salute to Veteran Patients, Photo by Spc. Venessa Hernandez. Text in lower left corner reads: A Head for the Future.

    In the eyes of our military community, a simple “thank you” goes a long way. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) kicks off their annual National Salute to Veteran Patients during the week of February 14, offering you an opportunity to honor our nation’s heroes. The week recognizes the more than 98,000 veterans of the U.S. armed services that are cared for every day in VA medical centers, outpatient clinics, residences and nursing homes. The goals of the program are to:

    • Pay tribute and expresses appreciation to veterans
    • Increase community awareness of the role of VA medical centers
    • Encourage citizens to visit hospitalized veterans
    • Ask citizens to get involved as volunteers
  • Military Comic Author Talks About New Book, How it Helps Vets
    Terminal Lance

    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. The “Terminal Lance” series does contain foul language; adult discretion advised.

    Former Marine Maximilian Uriarte began self-publishing his irreverent and often not-safe-for-work online comic strip on life in the Marine Corps infantry, “Terminal Lance,” in 2010. Uriarte’s sharp wit strikes a chord with service members of every branch by highlighting the trials, idiosyncrasies and absurdities of military life.