By Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Public Affairs
Ed Rasmussen and Brian O’Rourke are former Navy SEALS who experienced multiple traumatic brain injuries from training incidents, received help and now manage their symptoms with support from their families.
Randy Gross is a former Army staff sergeant who suffered a TBI from a motor vehicle collision. He sought treatment immediately for his injury, made a full recovery and is now a regional education coordinator at Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), helping other service members and veterans who have suffered a TBI.
Sue Davis was on her bicycle, without a helmet, when she was hit by a car and suffered a severe TBI. Twenty years later, the former Air Force captain returned to riding her bike – always wearing a helmet – and is an advocate for TBI awareness.
These four share their stories as part of a new video series from A Head for the Future, the refreshed DVBIC TBI awareness campaign. A Head for the Future TBI Champion videos highlight personal stories from service members and veterans who suffered a TBI, sought treatment and took the road to recovery.
People who have experienced brain injuries in noncombat settings have the greatest influence in encouraging other service members and veterans to prevent, recognize and treat TBI.
To help service members, veterans and their families understand TBI and how to protect themselves from brain injury, A Head for the Future has also expanded its website to include videos, blogs, fact sheets and more. Check it out and watch personal TBI stories from Ed, Brian, Randy and Sue.
Stay updated about the campaign by signing up for the DVBIC quarterly newsletter on the website.
Are you a TBI champion, or do you know one? A Head for the Future wants to feature your story. Contact the team.
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