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Traumatic Brain Injury

According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), 1.7 million people are diagnosed with a brain injury each year.

What is Traumatic Brain Injury—or TBI?

TBI occurs as the result from a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Categories for TBI are:

  • Mild
  • Moderate
  • Severe
  • Penetrating

The most common form of TBI in the military is mild, and is also known as a concussion.

According to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, from 2000-2019 (Q1-Q3), more than 413,858 service members have been diagnosed with TBI.

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A Head for the Future: Randy Gross

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When he was 23, Randy Gross was riding in a car with his seat belt off. The former Army staff sergeant sustained a TBI when the vehicle crashed. He sought help immediately, making a full recovery from his TBI and continuing to serve in the Army until 2006. Now, Gross helps those in the military with TBI as a regional education coordinator for DVBIC.

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DoD Instruction 6490.13: Comprehensive Policy on Traumatic Brain Injury-Related Neurocognitive Assessments by the Military Services

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This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes standard elements, pursuant to section 722 of Public Law 111-383, requiring the implementation of a comprehensive neurocognitive assessment policy in the Military Services.

DCOE Annual Report 2014

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7/16/2015

Annual Report for the Defense Center of Excellence - 2014

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Military Acute Concussion Evaluation 2012

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Traumatic Brain Injury: Updated Definition and Reporting

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Dr. Heechin Chae on The Mystery of the Brain

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