The U.S. Department of Defense and Veteran’s Brain Injury Center estimates that 22% of combat casualties are brain injuries. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in service members and veterans often goes under-recognized because it can take days and weeks after the injury for cognitive and emotional effects to emerge. As a result, many service members and veterans do not seek behavioral health treatment or get connected with recovery support services soon enough. Further, concerns such as cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance use issues and other co-occurring concerns are often intertwined with TBI. Research has shown that families and peers are an important resource proven to improve outcomes and resilience.

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