Early diagnosis and treatment of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is extremely important.

  • A traumatic brain injury happens when a person’s brain is physically injured, usually by sudden force.
  • With military members, this injury is usually because of a concussive blast or explosion.
  • Because the damage is internal, there may be no visible head wound.
  • Seizures are described by a sudden change in movement, behavior, sensation or consciousness caused by an abnormal electrical discharge in the brain.
  • Epilepsy also called a seizure disorder is a medical condition that causes seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions.
  • When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment are important but often times military members tend to under-report mild TBI to avoid removal from combat situations or active duty and go undiagnosed.
  • If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury and think you could be experiencing seizures, you are encouraged to see a medical professional for a proper diagnosis.

There are additional resources to help educate you and your loved one in the military.

  • Contact the Epilepsy Foundation in your community for local resources.
  • Epilepsy Centers of Excellence (ECoE) are funded by the Veterans Administration (VA) and provide a variety of services including educating veterans and their family impacted by epilepsy about high quality epilepsy care. Read more and locate an ECoE in your community.
  • Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Disorder (DCoE) has a wealth of information on their site regarding traumatic brain injury to help meet the needs of military members and their families.  
  • There are more resources available in the online store. Resources include:
    • Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Booklet – a pocket-size booklet designed to educate veterans and their families about the relationship between TBI and epilepsy.
    • Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Bookmark – the bookmark is a handy way to provide educational information about the relationship between TBI and epilepsy.
Authored Date: 
Thursday, November 7, 2013