"Now my speech and my social skills are better. I sleep and feel rested and I have not had any more nightmares. The pain in my back and shoulder is getting better and I can now interact with people because my speech is improved. Project Victory helped in my transition to civillan work."
- 29 year old veteran who suffered a brain injury from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while serving in Afghanistan
BI Stats and Facts
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, between 2001 and 2014 some 230,000 soldiers and veterans were identified as suffering from so-called mild traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Over 80% of TBIs are diagnosed in a non-deployed setting
Common causes of TBI include crashes in privately owned and military vehicles, falls, sports and recreation activities, and military training
Concussion/Mild TBI is characterized by: A confused or disoriented state which lasts less than 24 hours; loss of consciousness for up to 30 minutes; memory loss lasting less than 24 hours; and structural brain imaging (MRIor CT scan) yielding normal results.
Moderate TBI is characterized by: A confused or disoriented state which lasts more than 24 hours; loss of consciousness for more than 30 minutes, but less than 24 hours; memory loss lasting greater than 24 hours but less than seven days; and structural brain imaging yielding normal or abnormal results.
Severe TBI is characterized by: A confused or disoriented state which lasts more than 24 hours; loss of consciousness for more than 24 hours; memory loss for more than seven days; and structural brain imaging yielding normal or abnormal results.
Penetrating TBI, or open head injury, is characterized by: A head injury in which the dura mater, the outer layer of the meninges, is penetrated. Penetrating injuries can be caused by high-velocity projectiles or objects of lower velocity such as knives, or bone fragments from a skull fracture that are driven into the brain.
VA AL-TBI Pilot Program
The Transitional Learning Center is proud and honored to announce that it is a contracted provider with Department of Veterans Affairs' Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI) and can now serve Veterans, Military Service Members and their families by providing the specialized post-acute rehabilitation and community living services for brain injuries as well as other neurological challenges.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury focuses on enhancing the rehabilitation, quality of life, and community reintegration of veterans with TBI. The program was authorized under the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act and was recently extended through September 30, 2017.
TLC offers the services and supports to address the challenges that may result from a traumatic brain injury, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cognitive, behavioral and emotional changes, physical challenges, and caregiver burden. Recognized as a leader in postacute brain and neurological rehab, our programs blend traditional therapeutic interventions within an innovative, active treatment, goal-oriented model to produce identifiable and sustainable outcomes.
Admissions requirements for veterans with brain injuries
To qualify for the program, veterans who have combat- or non-combat-related traumatic brain injuries must 1st consult with their case manager at the VA where they are receiving services and be:
- Enrolled in and be receiving VA Benefits
- Willing to participate in rehabilitation
- Medically and psychologically stable
- Free from active substance abuse
To find out more news and additional resources about the VA's Pilot Program for Veterans with TBI and the Polytrauma/TBI System of Care on the VA’s Polytrauma/TBI System of Care website.
The Veterans Affairs Press Release: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2694
The VA AL-TBI Factsheet: http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/documents/Fact-Sheet-Assisted-Living-Pilot-Program.pdf
Key Elements of the program: http://www.prosthetics.va.gov/factsheet/AL-TBI-FactSheet.pdf