School of Nursing interviews veteran living with traumatic brain injury
For Americans, Veterans’ Day is an occasion to honor and celebrate all military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. In November 1919, Armistice Day was created to honor the veterans of World War I, and in 1954, president Dwight D. Eisenhower re-named the holiday as Veterans’ Day for widespread observance of all veterans. Each of these service members have made sacrifices for our nation, and adjusting to life back in the United States is difficult. Many return home with debilitating injuries. A portion of these injuries are traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, acquired while serving in the military. A TBI is any disruption in normal brain function that can be caused from activities such as playing sports, hitting your head or being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Military service members most commonly experience a TBI from explosions during combat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, over 430,000 veterans have been diagnosed with a TBI in the past 20 years.
Submitted by: Latha Bhavnani