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Advancing Blast Injury Research to Protect and Heal Those Who Serve

March 2019: Brain Injury Awareness Month - TBI: Did You Know?

  • The Department of Defense is at the forefront of a new era in our understanding of traumatic brain injury (TBI). With new tools and protocols for use in rapidly evolving concussion care, the department is prioritizing early detection and personalized treatment to maximize warfighter brain health.
  • The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is modernizing concussion care tools that incorporate more than 25 years of cutting-edge research and experience.
  • Delivering state of the science concussion care maximizes force readiness by lowering the rate of persistent concussion symptoms and secondary injury, thereby decreasing morbidity and lost duty days.
  • Appropriate traumatic brain injury treatment close to the point of injury accelerates recovery trajectories and is cost-effective.
  • Evolving science now provides the opportunity to evaluate concussion from multiple assessment areas such as testing eye movements and balance capabilities that are domains potentially impacted by concussion
  • During the last 18 years, almost 400,000 service members were diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.
  • Traumatic brain injury can be classified as mild, moderate, severe, or penetrating. Mild TBI is also known as concussion.
  • Common symptoms following a concussion include: headaches, dizziness, sleep disturbances, vision changes, balance problems, fatigue, attention and memory problems, irritability, and mood changes.
  • Early detection of traumatic brain injury leads to early treatment; early treatment leads to better outcomes.
  • Multiple concussions may increase the number of brain injury symptoms and may cause symptoms to last longer.
  • Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center offers a variety of products to support better understanding of traumatic brain injury – prevention, recognition, treatment, and recovery – online at
  • Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center offers state-of-the-science clinical tools to help providers diagnose, evaluate, and treat patients with traumatic brain injury. Download or order resources such as clinical recommendations and training materials from
  • "A Head for the Future" is a traumatic brain injury awareness campaign from Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. Find "A Head for the Future" campaign videos of service members and veterans, their family members, caregivers, and providers sharing their experiences with TBI at
Last modified: 06-Mar-2019