TBI among military members climbs, new resources available

According to data from the Department of Defense, more than 330,000 service members have been diagnosed with TBIs since 2000.

The myth that blasts in the military are the number one case of military traumatic brain injuries has been debunked — and it’s actually motor vehicle collisions that are accounting for the majority of traumatic brain injuries in the military.

Most though, experts say, are preventable.

Department of Defense traumatic brain injury (TBI) expert Colonel Sidney R. Hinds and Randy Gross, an Army veteran who recovered from multiple brain injuries sat down with News 11 to discuss ways to get help if you or someone you know needs help.

Randy shares his story through a new military TBI initiative launched by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, A Head for the Future – for those who may be affected by TBI’s.

“I thought by bringing my message of making a full recovery after multiple brain injuries that a normal life  is possible,” Gross says.

For more information and testimonies from the new A Head for the Future campaign — click here.

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Max Tarlton is an Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist currently reporting and producing for KYMA News 11. Max comes to Yuma from Chicago where he worked as a news writer for WGN News. He’s also a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Max is excited to be a part of the KYMA team. Catch him in action on “Sunrise” every morning at 6 a.m. If you have a story idea, don’t hesitate to reach out: max.tarlton@kecytv.com or on twitter: @MaxTarlton

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