Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Focus on Veteran Brain Injury Awareness in March

The U.S. Army is increasing steps to boost awareness about the prevalence of brain injury among veterans in the month of March, which is being marked as Brain Injury Awareness Month across the country. The Army's efforts are aimed at not just the prevention of injuries during combat, but also the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of brain injury. The campaign will also include efforts to lower the stigma linked to brain injuries.

According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, there have been 229,106 cases of brain injury affecting American military personnel across the world since 2000 alone. An overwhelming majority of those brain injury cases were diagnosed as mild. More than 76% of the cases were thought to be mild, while just over 16% were considered moderate. About 1.6% of brain injuries were considered penetrating or severe.

Even injuries that are considered mild, or concussions, may have long-term repercussions like inattention, loss of concentration, depression, mood swings, and other symptoms that affect the quality of a veteran’s life. That's why it’s so important that veterans and their families be aware about the various degrees of brain injury, treatments and therapies that are available for these.

For instance, California veterans benefits lawyers find that many veterans who suffer a brain injury have little awareness about their injury, because there are no external signs of the injury. The soldier may not have suffered a lack of consciousness, and even if there is a loss of consciousness, this may last for just a few seconds. Soldiers may disregard the symptoms, and fail to receive treatment for these injuries.

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