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Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a disruption of brain function, resulting from a blow or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. The severity of the TBI is deteremined at the time of the injury and may be classified as: mild, moderate or severe. The Army Reserve has a comprehensive system of worldwide TBI care.


  • TBIs can occur on the battlefield, the football field, the playground, in a car accident, and even at home.
  • A mild TBI/concussion is treatable; early detection is extremely important.
  • Common causes of an mTBI/concussion on the battlefield include blasts, vehicle collisions, or blows to the head.


A mild TBI, which is also known as a concussion, is the most common form of TBI in the Army. Symptoms of concussions often resolve within days or weeks.

Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Jason Manella, recovered from a Traumatic Brain Injury and went on to become the 2013 Army Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

Learn more about his accomplishment here.


Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Defense Centers of Excellence
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Veterans Affairs
AMEDD Center and School


Mandatory TBI Training Materials (CAC login required)
Veterans Affairs: Continuing Education for Researchers, Providers, & Helpers


Defense.Gov: Special Report
Locate the Army treatment facilities
Locate the Veterans Affairs Hospitals and Clinics
Military Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 Press 1
My HealtheVet
Deployment Health Assessment Program

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