Brain Injury

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.

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

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