What Do Veterans Need to Know About Epilepsy?

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading and common form of injury or head trauma in service men and women.
  • Post-Traumatic Epilepsy (PTE) is a seizure disorder that is caused by TBI.
  • A severe traumatic brain injury could increase your chances of developing PTE.
  • There’s information to help you learn more about the link between head trauma and epilepsy.

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Listen to a Podcast about the POEM Study

In this episode of Epilepsy.com's Hallway Conversations, Dr. Joseph Sirven, Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic Arizona and Editor-in-Chief of Epilepsy.com, interviews John Hixson, MD about the Policy for Optimal Epilepsy Management (POEM) study. The overall goal of the study is to improve the self-management practices of U.S. Veterans with epilepsy such as tracking seizures, managing medications and side effects, and engaging with other people with similar concerns about their condition. The results of the study were presented at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.

Veterans and Epilepsy: Basic Training

The VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence video series, “Veterans and Epilepsy: Basic Training” addresses the fear and misunderstanding surrounding epilepsy and educates veterans, their caregivers, and the general public about living with epilepsy. Each video in the series features a veteran sharing his or her personal experiences and unique challenges balancing the medical, personal and social aspects associated with having recurring seizures. For more information, please visit the VA epilepsy website at www.epilepsy.va.gov.

Introduction to Epilepsy & the Epilepsy Centers of Excellence


Diagnosis of Epilepsy




Psychosocial Issues


Antiepileptic Medications


Seizure First Aid


Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES)



Authored Date: 
Friday, November 1, 2013