A Marine Corps veteran of the first Gulf War, Ted Stachulski has a mission to help raise awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury among health care professionals and getting information about support and services into the possession of veterans with TBIs. Ted used to work as an engineering and robotics technician and was skilled at multi-tasking and fast thinking. That all changed in 1999 when he was hit in his right temple at work by a piece of metal. He went to the emergency room because of nausea and dizziness, suspecting he had a concussion and was given a CT scan which showed nothing.
As Ted began the road of rehabilitation he started collecting information about TBI and handing it out to veterans. He created "The Veteran’s Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide" and began distributing free copies of it. The guide describes the symptoms of TBI, provides a flow chart of the screening process, and describes what various specialists do. It includes information on how to cope with vision and memory problems, head pain, and seizures. And it lists resources and contact numbers for support groups; vocational, rehabilitation, counseling and economic services; alcohol and drug abuse programs; and services for spouses and family members.
To get your free copy of this guidebook, contact Brain Injury Association of Vermont at www.biavt.org or 802.244.6850.