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Veterans and Brain Injury - Additional Resources
After sustaining a brain injury from a roadside bomb in Iraq, Bob Woodruff, journalist for ABC News, became committed to assisting injured service members and their families. In January of 2008, the Bob Woodruff Foundation was established to be a voice to call for support to assist injured service members and their families. For more information, visit their Web site at www.remind.org.
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center serves active duty military, their dependents, and veterans with traumatic brain injury through state-of-the-art medical care, innovative clinical research initiatives, and educational programs.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was established on March 15, 1989, succeeding the Veterans Administration. It is responsible for providing federal benefits to veterans and their families. Headed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, VA is the second largest of the 15 Cabinet departments and operates nationwide programs for health care, financial assistance and burial benefits. You can or view a fact sheet about the Department here.
The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)
The Wounded Warrior Project was founded on the principle that veterans are our nation's greatest citizens. The WWP seeks to assist those men and women of our armed forces who have been severely injured during the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations around the world. Many of the injuries include gunshot wounds and blast injuries. WWP provides unique programs and services, raises awareness and enlists public support and provides a means for veterans to help each other. For more information, go to www.woundedwarriorproject.org or contact them toll free at 877-TEAM-WWP.
The G.I. GO Fund
The G.I. GO Fund is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides transition assistance to veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as provide support, recognition and gratitude to all of our service members. The G.I. GO Fund provides returning veterans with job placement, recreational activities, and group sessions. For more information, go to www.gigofund.org or contact them at 732-407-4799.
Department of Defense Compensation and Benefits Handbook
The Department of Defense has developed a comprehensive handbook describing compensation and other benefits service members and their families would be entitled to upon separation or retirement as a result of serious injury or illness. The handbook was compiled in cooperation with the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and and the Social Security Administration. Additionally, there are references to assistance provided by other governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations. The electronic version of the handbook can be found on the following Web site: http://turbotap.org: click the icon labeled "Compensation and Benefits."