TBIWF Awards Education Scholarship

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On Saturday June 8, 2019, TBI Warrior® Foundation presented an educational scholarship award to David Logan. David sustained a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2008 during his senior year in high school. For many years David has lived with disabilities but that didn’t stop him from achieving his goals of obtaining an education. Despite the many challenges he faced, David enrolled in a welding program and completed his degree in May 2019.

 David’s story is a powerful one, defeating all odds. His mom, Judi Logan, became his caregiver and describes how the support from her other two sons played a role during the recovery: “We are so fortunate to have such a strong family unit who have been there through the hard times and the joyful times.”

 TBI results in physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. In many cases, these disabilities in addition to the financial strains due to medical expenses, are game changers in the future of young adults sustaining a TBI.

 At TBI Warrior® Foundation, our vision is to pave the way to success and independence. By helping individuals like David, we are empowering and supporting those who need the resources to succeed.

 Watch David’s powerful story in this video

 

Thanks to your support we were able to help David and will continue to assist families impacted by TBI and disabilities.

TBI Warrior® Foundation writes article for the Purple Heart Magazine on Brain Injury Awareness Month

March was the official Brain Injury Awareness month and TBIWF’s Victor Medina was highlighted in the March/April 2019 issue of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Magazine.

In this article, Victor openly discusses the huge impact Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has had on his life and also that of his wife, Roxana. He discusses how important it is to get a multi-disciplinary team of doctors on board to help with the many different health issues TBI patients experience and to help them achieve their goals past recovery. He also is proof positive that you can work hard to achieve new goals and just because a major event in your life changed his first set of career goals, it didn’t take away his ability to find new ones.

You can read more about Victor’s story on pages 20 and 21 of the magazine.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Retired Sergeant 1st Class Victor Medina and Dr. Roxana Delgado, founders of TBI Warrior® Foundation collaborated with the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) to bring awareness about traumatic brain injury (TBI). DVBIC is a part of the U.S. Military Health System(link is external). Specifically, DVBIC is the traumatic brain injury (TBI) center of excellence for the Defense Health Agency(link is external)

See their story Here

National TBI Awareness Day at Capitol Hill

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and TBI Warrior® Foundation was in Capitol Hill this week. We participated of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Stakeholder Day on March 12, 2019, and the Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill on March 13, 2019.

Brain Injury Awareness Day was hosted by the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, co-chaired by representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Thomas J. Rooney (R-FL).

Seven years ago, in March 13, 2012 Congressman Silvestre Reyes presented a Congressional Record to now retired Sergeant First Class Victor Medina, President and Founder of TBI Warrior Foundation and his wife, Dr. Roxana Delgado.

TBI Warrior® Foundation seeks to advocate for better identification, access to rehabilitation and care of traumatic/brain injury, by,

  • Bridging the gaps of disparity for recovery care

  • Meet the needs of individuals with Brain Injury, especially younger adults that may be ineligible for government programs.

  • Increase awareness and education among survivors, caregivers and industries that can serve better individuals with acquired disabilities resulting from a Brain Injury.

As we continue to work to meet the needs of individuals with brain injury and the families affected by this condition, we are also making their voice being heard in Congress. 

A Warrior face hardships and difficulties with Bravery, Courage and Honor. TBI Warriors are those that despite their medical conditions, continue to seek solutions to past, present and future survivors and their families.

Join our efforts! Consider sharing our mission with family, friends and colleagues and inspire them to donate to our organization. 

We will march on to improve the quality of life of those affected by traumatic brain injuries. Until no one is left behind!

Save the Date: Honor the Brave 2019

Join us for our 2nd Annual Honor The Brave. We will be honoring the service and selfless sacrifice of our Veterans. Come have a great time and meet new people in our community.

When: November 10, 2019
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Where: Top Golf - San Antonio (5539 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX)
Price: $60.00
Includes: 3 hours of game time, food, Top Golf Lifetime Membership.

Want to become an event sponsor? Contact info@tbiwarrior.org.


Highlights from Honor the Brave 2018

Video: Highlights from our Honor the Brave 2018

TBI Warrior® Foundation celebrated the First Annual Honor the Brave on November 4th, 2018. We honored the service and sacrifice of 11 Veterans from different eras: Vietnam War, Cold War, Desert Storm, Iraq War and Afghanistan War. We are very appreciative of all that supported and attended the event. It was a complete success. Here is the video of the event highlights.

TBI Warrior Foundation, Upward Care and Project MEND

 “Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek 

Through our services, we assist people with unique health challenges better manage or overcome their disability. While our services always benefit the specific individual to whom we are providing medical equipment, oftentimes our medical equipment also impacts the lives of those who surround our client, including their family members and caregivers. It is immensely important to consider the impact a disability or life-altering illness has not only on the individual living with it, but on their family members and caregivers as well. 

On October 10, 2018, the TBI Warrior Foundation and Upward Care hosted their “Caregiving Skills Toolbox: Successful Caregiving of Veterans, Adults and Children with Paralysis” program, a hands-on training course providing caregivers the tools, resources and information they need to successfully and safely care for a loved one living with paralysis. Offered at no cost to the participant due to funding by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, this 3-hour course was designed to serve the caregiver community through hands-on training of different and often overlooked aspects related to tasks of daily living (bathing, dressing, transference, etc.). 

Project MEND was contacted for a collaboration in September. The request was for a safe-to-use wheelchair for demonstration and training purposes at this workshop. We gladly agreed and supplied the workshop with a wheelchair for use. Participants learned how to safely transition their loved ones in the home environment and when out in the community, including transfers from bed to wheelchair and from wheelchair to vehicle. These valuable skills will allow individuals to safely and comfortably care for their loved ones living with paralysis. 

We are so grateful that the TBI Warrior Foundation and Upward Care thought of Project MEND to collaborate on this very important and informative workshop! 

Learn more about the TBI Warrior Foundation at www.tbiwarriorfoundation.org and Upward Care at www.upwardhealthcare.com. 

We Honor the Brave During Veterans Week and Always

 
 

On November 4, 2018, TBI Warrior Foundation celebrated the first annual “Honor the Brave” event. The ceremony emceed by retired SgtMaj Hector Cerda, included the invocation by U.S. Army retired COL Quentin Collins, PhD, followed by the National Anthem performed by U.S. Army retired SGT Mario Lopez. We recognized the service of a group of selfless Veterans, our National Heroes. The Veterans included all eras, men and women Veterans. The honorees were:

Alan Babin, CPL, US Army Retired, Purple Heart Recipient

Anson Curry, SSG, US Army Retired, Purple Heart Recipient

Cathy Rauschendorfer, CW2, US Army Retired

Darilyn Perez, SPC, US Army Veteran

Israel Estrada, SSG, US Army Retired, Recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal

Justin Trone, CPT, US Army Retired, Recipient of the Soldiers Medal

Lee Hernandez, SGT, U.S. Army Retired

Mario Lopez, SGT, U.S. Army Retired, Purple Heart Recipient

Mark Juarez, SSgt, U.S. Marine Corps, Purple Heart Recipient

Quentin Collins, PhD, Chaplain, COL, U.S. Army Retired, Purple Heart Recipient

Willie P. Peacock, Chaplain, COL, U.S. Army Retired

Each of these Veterans have a story of courage, bravery and sacrifice. We are grateful for their service to our Nation and for making America “Land of the Free Because of the Brave”.

We are grateful for your service!

New Purdue study shows the beneficial effects of service dogs in treating PTSD and TBI

Purdue University, in conjunction with the National Institute of Health (NIH), Indiana University, and K9s For Warriors, recently collaborated on a study testing the performance of service dogs as a treatment for veterans who suffer from PTSD and TBI. Dr. Maggie O’Haire, Purdue's asst. professor of human-animal interaction, teamed with 141 veterans awaiting admission to the K9s For Warriors program. Half the veterans were given service dogs, the other half were not. O'Haire discovered that the veterans paired with service dogs had “lower depression, lower PTSD symptoms, lower levels of anxiety, and lower absenteeism from work due to health issues.”

Dr. Hsiao, a Program Director at the NIH, awarded the Clinical and Translational Science Award to Dr. O’Haire to further fund the study. “The study found that PTSD symptoms were significantly lower in veterans with service dogs," said Dr. Hsiao. "This is an innovative approach to a serious medical issue." When commenting on the study, Dr. Anantha Shekhar, a professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, says “Service dogs are a great resource for veterans to modulate their own reactions and to cope better with symptoms of PTSD.”

Read the full story at ConsumersAdvocate.org