Veterans

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)

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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. 

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