March: Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

The Department of Defense and the Brain Injury Association of America recognize March as Brain Injury Awareness Month to increase awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, each year 1.7 million people are diagnosed with a brain injury. The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury define a TBI as the result of a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. Injuries can be closed or penetrating head wounds and will range in severity from mild to moderate to severe. The most common form of TBI in the military is mild TBI, also referred to as concussion. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, from 2000 to the third quarter of 2014, more than 313,816 service members have been diagnosed with TBI.

This year, Congress has designated March 16 as Brain Injury Awareness Day. During March, the MHS will focus on the issue of TBI. We will provide tools and resources to help educate service members, their families, retirees, and DoD civilians about the prevention and treatment of TBI while highlighting ongoing MHS research and breakthroughs that are helping to improve and prolong the quality of life for those living with TBI. DVBIC’s theme for 2016 includes prevention, identification, and treatment subthemes: Be Safe, Know the Signs, Get Help.

A picture of a bowl of soup.

March is also
Nutrition Awareness Month

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An airmen falling asleep.

March is also
Sleep Awareness Month

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An airmen pointing at an eye chart.

March is also
Vision Awareness Month

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