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VA to Expand Benefits for Traumatic Brain Injury

Some Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who are diagnosed with any of five other ailments will have an easier path to receive additional disability pay under new regulations developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

VA Seeks to Expand TBI Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs is publishing a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that would change its rules to add five diagnosable illnesses which are secondary to service-connected Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Stem Cells Could Aid in Healing Traumatic Brain Injury

Scientists from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center received a one-year, $20,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) to study the capacity of stem cells derived from bone marrow to assist in the healing of traumatic brain injury.

San Diego VA Hosts National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic

At last year’s National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic (NVSSC) in San Diego, Steven Bradford faced his fiercest competitor.

VA Researchers Receive Nation’s Top Award for Early Career Scientists

Four Department of Veterans Affairs researchers were among the 96 recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) honored at a ceremony held last month. The PECASE is the highest honor conferred by the U.S. government on federal researchers in the early stages of their careers.

Redesigned Transition Assistance Program Announced

VA has launched a comprehensive program to identify, screen and treat all Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI), and to ensure that they receive patient-centered, integrated care and benefits.

Registration for 2012 VA National Research Week Forum

If so, VA Research would like to invite you to register and attend our national forum event on Thursday, April 26 in Washington, DC. This year’s theme is, Caring for Veterans through Discovery and Collaboration.

Iraq, Afghanistan Vets Find Healing in Helping Wounded Warriors

Five years after suffering a traumatic brain injury in combat, Chris Carver is among a growing legion of veterans from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan who have discovered the healing power of helping other wounded warriors on their road to recovery.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News March 22, 2012

The Department of Defense and VA are using their partnered programs to identify and treat traumatic brain injury.

VA, Writing Help Iraq War Veteran Cope with PTSD, Traumatic Brain...

Iraq War Veteran Amber Stone, a native of Claremore, Okla., has always loved to write – from short stories to poems to journal entries and internet blogs.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – October 18, 2011

VA recently launched a campaign to increase awareness about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the services provided to Veterans and service members recovering from TBI and co-occurring complex injuries.

Great News for Brain-Damaged Vets

Successfully treating dead and dying brain cells, whether caused by a Stroke or by roadside bomb concussion, or any trauma has proven difficult and not very efficient.

Traumatic Brain Injury Increases Dementia Risk

Patients diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) had over twice the risk of developing dementia within seven years after diagnosis compared to those without TBI, in a study of more than 280,000 older veterans conducted by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

TBI Veterans: Detecting Hidden Eye Injuries

A recent study conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reveals the extent of internal eye injuries (closed-eye ocular injuries) among Veterans who have sustained blast-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Intrepid Center Marks First Anniversary

A year after its ribbon-cutting ceremony, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence is making a difference in the lives of warfighters suffering traumatic brain injuries and psychological disorders, said Dr. James Kelly, the center's director.

Partnering for Justice

The members of the Veteran panel discussion share their experience returning home after combat deployment.

Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury

Military personnel with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) should receive early adequate nutrition immediately after the injury, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Father and Son Suffer Post-Iraq War Brain Injuries

Both survived an IED blast, three years apart, and struggle with aftermath MOORPARK, Calif. — The crisply ironed uniforms of the father and son hang...

In Houston, Rep. Giffords Could Receive Brain Injury Treatment Thousands of...

If Giffords does end up receiving it, she’ll be getting a treatment that many troops don’t. As we’ve reported [7], the Pentagon’s health program, Tricare, has refused to cover [8] cognitive rehabilitation therapy for the tens of thousands of service members who have suffered brain injuries in the line of duty. Tricare, which provides insurance-style coverage to troops and many veterans, does cover speech and occupational therapy, which are often part of cognitive rehabilitation.

Federal Agencies Share Latest Research

WASHINGTON – Helping severely wounded Veterans and Servicemembers recover and reintegrate into their families and communities was the theme of a joint Department of...

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News

From the VA: 1.      Baker: VA Can Benefit From "Open Source Community Based Around VistA." FierceGovernmentIT (10/26, Walker) reports, "Public debate over the electronic road ahead...

TEXAS VET: MEDICAL ADVANCES: UNDERSTANDING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES (TBIs)

MEDICAL ADVANCES: UNDERSTANDING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES (TBIs) By Texas Vet, First Cavalry  Decades ago, I got blown up—literally outside a tin can sh*t and shower hut...

House Committee Investigates How to Connect Injured Veterans with Innovative Treatment

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, July 21, 2010, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Filner (D-CA) led a roundtable discussion to review innovative treatment...

Study Raises Questions About Military’s Brain Injury Assessment Tool

Senior Defense Department officials have stressed repeatedly in public they are doing everything they can to provide the best care possible to U.S. troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. But that might not be the case for the tens of thousands of troops who have experienced some form of brain injury.

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, A Common Consequence of Exposure to Explosions, Blasts,...

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI): JUST THE FACTS  By Carol Ware Duff MSN, BA, RN Injuries to the brain may be more common than you know. With exposure...