Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is considered one of the “signature injuries” of military personnel serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Is traumatic brain injury making an impact on your family? Are you feeling overwhelmed and isolated? Are you worried that your relationship is suffering? Do you see your children becoming more and more anxious because of stress in your family?
Reach out and ask for help!
To see the SDBIF list of meetings for brain injury survivors, friends and family, click HERE to visit our events page.
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Caregiver Support Group, facilitated by Michelle Schachtel, IMFT
First Thursday of each month, 10:00-11:30 am
Holiday Inn Oceanside
1401 Carmelo Dr.
Oceanside, CA 92054
Click the flyer to the right to download it
This guide is for service members and veterans who have ongoing symptoms from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and are going to college, university or vocational school.
Click the image to the right to download the Back To School Academic Success After TBI pdf (1.29 Mb)
For more information go to the Defense and Veteran’s Brain Injury Center.
For information about programs, services and organizations helping Vets in California, visit www.calvet.ca.gov.
Pegasus Rising is a 501(c)(3) non profit tax exempt organization that partners a herd of rescued Polish Arabian horses with humans for healing at the privately owned Valenti Ranch located in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
Pegasus Rising’s Equine Assisted Experiential Health Therapy Program is offered free of charge and the program is designed to help people who are moving forward in their lives after experiencing trauma and being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. The program also includes couples and/or family based sessions to address any family-based issues that have arisen since their loved ones have experienced the trauma.
Please visit our website at PegasusRising.org for more information about our program services.
VAs Telephone Service Helps Family Members Encourage Veterans to Seek Medical Care
WASHINGTON The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched a telephone service, Coaching into Care, to provide assistance to family members and friends trying to encourage their Veteran to seek health care for possible readjustment and mental health issues.
Those closest to Veterans are often the first to recognize when Veterans are having difficulties, said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. Family members and friends may not know what to say to encourage their Veterans to seek much needed readjustment and health care. The Coaching into Care line will help them find the right words.
To help Veterans address problems and support Veterans in making decisions about getting care, the Coaching into Care program offers unlimited, free coaching with family members or friends over a series of telephone calls. The priority is connecting Veterans with VA care in their community through the family members help and encouragement. Callers receive professional coaching on solving specific logistical obstacles and encouraging sometimes reluctant Veterans to seek care while still respecting the Veterans right to make personal decisions.
Coaching into Care, launched in March 2011, has had more than 650 calls with family members or friends of greater than 175 Veterans to encourage them to seek care. This phone line is connected to VAs Veterans Crisis Line, Caregiver Support Line, and the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. This way, if the caller or Veteran is in an immediate crisis, or has concerns regarding caregiving for a disabled Veteran, or seeking assistance regarding homelessness, there is no wrong number for families to call.
Callers can reach VAs Coaching into Care program at the toll-free number 1-888-823-7458, 8 a.m. 8 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and online at http://www.mirecc.va.gov/coaching/. As always, Veterans can reach immediate help at the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, press 1 for Veterans.
WATCH and LISTEN – http://tinyurl.com/npr-soldiers-tbi
NPR – With Traumatic Brain Injuries, Soldiers Face Battle for Care
T. Christian Miller and Daniel Zwerdling
Website Links: Support for veterans and their families:
http://www.dvbic.org/ – Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
The mission of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is to serve active duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) through state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs. DVBIC fulfills this mission through ongoing collaboration with military, VA and civilian health partners, local communities, families and individuals with TBI.
http://www.t2health.org/index.html – National Center for Telehealth and Technology
The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) researches, develops, evaluates, and deploys new and existing technologies for Psychological Health (PH) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) across the Department of Defense (DoD).
T2 is a component center of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), which leads a collaborative global network to promote the resilience, recovery and reintegration of Warriors and their families who face psychological health and traumatic brain injury issues.
http://www.neuroskills.com/ – Center for Neuroskills
The mission of CNS is to reduce disability, maximize independence, and achieve the maximum possible quality of life for clients who have suffered brain injury within the client’s existing financial constraints.
Their vision is to position Center for Neuro Skills� (CNS) as a world leader in medical treatment, rehabilitation, and disease management for individuals with brain injury, while pursuing and advancing the best clinical treatment, education, and research.
http://www.avbi.org/ – American Veterans with Brain Injuries.