Today is a day of deep reflection and honoring for our Military Veterans who have served our country, both past and present. They have sacrificed so much. For many of us, we may not fully understand the true meaning of Veterans Day. It might be a day off from work, a three-day weekend filled with family events, travel, and cherished memories. However, for our Veterans, it’s a ceremonial day of remembrance. We celebrate them with respect and prayers of thankfulness for their sacrifice in defending our country and dedication towards worldwide peace.
With over one million active military personnel deployed globally, many service members return each year, having sustained some form of a traumatic brain injury.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Research and Development tracked the health outcomes of hundreds of military veteran survivors of TBI for the past twenty years. The discoveries are profound, ranging from DNA activation patterns, epilepsy, neuroendocrine dysfunction, hearing, and sensory issues, to name a few. Currently, treatments under further investigation are medications, magnetic stimulation, and a form of protein to potentially stabilize the brain, improving future cognitive health.
The Translational Research Center for TBI and Stress Disorders (TRACTS) is currently conducting Veteran-focused studies and examining TBI stress-related conditions using state-of-the-art neuroimaging, genetic testing, and investigating the efficacy of new patient treatment programs aimed to improve long term outcomes from traumatic brain injuries. While collecting data from studies, researching TBI survivor and recovery stories, and conversing with doctors who have successfully treated thousands of TBI patients worldwide, a vision of hope for brain injury survivors continues to appear.
Government and independent research findings, advancements in TBI laboratory tests, breakthrough vision rehabilitation tools, and other new treatment developments for traumatic brain injuries are laying the early groundwork for tremendous transformation in our current medical system. It can take years for the benefits of medical science, government research, innovative alternative, and medical discoveries to become easily accessible.
At Hope After Brain Injury, we aim to support anyone affected by brain injury. We provide helpful resources, educational events, current brain injury news, and information. We offer prayers of gratitude to our Veterans, not just today, but every day for your service.