Veteran Morgan Luttrell doesn't regret his military service, despite all the dangers he knew about going in. It was his passion. But the more we learn about the brain, the more likely it is that we can help prevent or repair those injuries that a soldier are likely to encounter. As researchers move forward, Morgan pursues his new passion -- helping veterans today. And he doesn't take no for an answer.
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You’re not ever going to take the love of a game, the love of a sport away from somebody who wants to do it. In my field in the military, chances of getting killed walking out the door every day was pretty high. I don't care. Figure out how to fix me in case I do get hurt. So that’s where we come in. Yeah, if you’re more susceptible to CTE, hopefully eventually we can say we got it. We got a fix for this. We’re not there yet, unfortunately, and our athletes are suffering from it, our military is suffering from it from these post-blasts, these blast wounds. Just the deterioration of the brain when CT starts to take effect - one day, I promise. I’m fighting. my mission in life, my sole purpose of existence besides raising my two beautiful sons and taking care of my lovely wife is to - I press hard in my new role. I don't let - I don't want to see anybody slow down or not speed up on the opportunities that we have now. So when I’m at work, if I need something, I walk in, I sit in somebody’s office until I get the answer or I get the signature. Because I’m not going to be here forever and I have the opportunity to affect that kind of change. And I want to make a difference in the veterans’ lives. And I think that’s my passion right now. It’s kind of funny since I ran away from it initially. I kind of came full circle because I’ve lost - I’ve lost so many buddies. This video was produced by BrainLine thanks to generous support from the Infinite Hero Foundation.
Morgan Luttrell is a Navy SEAL veteran. He sustained back injures including major damage to his spinal cord and suffered a traumatic brain injury in a helicopter crash during training. When he got out, he said he traveled the country trying to figure out how to “fix” his brain. He earned a master’s degree in applied cognition and neuroscience and a Ph.D. focusing his studies on helping veterans with PTSD and other traumatic brain injuries.