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Help with brain injuries for veterans

| Aug 16, 2018 | Veterans' Issues |

Brain injuries can be suffered during wars and otherwise during military service. Brain injuries can impact the sufferer’s work life, family life and personal life by impacting their ability to work, disturbing their mood and emotions, and altering their personality.

Brain injuries are one of the veterans’ issues facing those who have sacrificed so much for their country. Overall, brain injuries are a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Approximately 30 percent of all injury-related deaths can be attributed to brain injuries which can be suffered in a variety of different ways, including through military service. Brain injuries result from a bump or blow to the head and can be closed or open head injuries. The full extent of a brain injury to Mobile residents may not be immediately obvious so it is important to watch for symptoms.

The impact of a traumatic brain injury can range from days to years which is why it can be so serious for sufferers and their families. Brain injuries can impair movement; memory; sensation, such as vision or hearing; and emotional functions which can result in depression or personality changes. Brain injuries can also range in severity. They may require immediate medical care as well as ongoing treatment and care and may make performing everyday tasks or holding down a job difficult for the sufferer.

There are many resources available to veterans who are suffering from a disability and are facing challenges at home and at work. Given how serious the challenges faced can be, it is important for veterans, including those living with a brain injury, to be familiar with the options available to help them and how to access those options when needed.

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