VA San Diego Healthcare System
BrainlineMilitary a service of brainline.org
The numbers of those affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is unclear. There are estimates that up to a third of combat veterans suffer from either PTSD, TBI or depression. Up to 5% may suffer from all three. (estimates are between 500,000 – 800,000)
A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.(CDC) The Brainline Website funded through the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center offers civilians, returning service members with brain injury, families and professionals a variety of information and resources regarding life after brain injury.
Each year there are a reported 1.7 million civilian brain injuries in the United States. In the military from 2000 through 2012, more than 266,000 service member sustained a TBI. Brain injury has become known as the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
BrainLineMilitary.org provides military-specific information and resources on traumatic brain injury to veterans; service member in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, and Reserve; and their families.
Military Sexual Trauma (MST) VA Services and Benefits
Military sexual trauma, or MST, is the term used by VA to refer to experiences of sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that a Veteran experienced during his or her military service. The definition used by the VA comes from Federal law (Title 38 U.S. Code 1720D) and is “psychological trauma, which in the judgment of a VA mental health professional, resulted from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the Veteran was serving on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.” Sexual harassment is further defined as “repeated, unsolicited verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature which is threatening in character.”