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Connor Martin talks about donating his brother Kevin Ash's brain for study. Kevin was a veteran and an athlete who began exhibiting personality changes and his family wanted to understand what had happened, even if it was after his death.
Veteran Morgan Luttrell was part of a terrible helicoper crash that left him with a spinal cord injury and a TBI. He says, "The physical injuries are the easy part...it was the neck up [that was problematic]."
Veteran Jonathan Warren came back from service convinced he was fine -- until things started to change. Even though tests told him nothing was physically wrong, he new something wasn't right. So he took action. He dove in to finding treatments that might help -- and he started seeing results.
Dr. James Kelly knows that many of those in the millitary receive "invisible wounds" while in service and those can go unnoticed. The Marcus Institute evaluates to see if a person for those wounds and then provides comprehensive care for the physical, emotional, and cognitive changes that can accompany trauma to the head using a combination of traditional and complementary treatments.
Kristi Kragthorpe knew she had cognitive issues after her brain injury but struggled to find the help she needed. Without support from her doctor she had to take matters in to her own hands, which wasn't easy.
Many people with a brain injury lose their social connections. In this video three people with TBI bring their experiences of social isolation, stigma, and difficulties with communication to this short comedy film.
Language is an essential part of our lives that we often take for granted. But, if the delicate web of language networks in your brain became disrupted by stroke, illness, or trauma, you could find yourself truly at a loss for words. Susan Wortman-Jutt details a disorder called aphasia, which can impair all aspects of communication.
NICoE, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, was created with the goal of helping duty service members with TBI relieve symptoms, put them on a trajectory of recovery, and aim them back into the the military world that they live in.