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Published on Feb 15, 2017
During a firefight while deployed, a 7.62 round bounced off of Army Sgt. 1st Class Bradley Lee’s helmet. He didn’t think anything of it at the time and continued on as if nothing had happened. When Lee returned home on leave mid-tour, his wife, Jennifer, quickly noticed things weren’t quite right. When he returned to his unit down range in the Middle East, Jennifer decided to email his sergeant major to ask about having her husband checked out. The sergeant major sent Bradley for an assessment at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, where he was screened and diagnosed with a TBI. He continues on the path to recovery with the support of his wife, and he’s grateful that she spoke up when she noticed issues.
Lee shares his story as a “TBI champion” for A Head for the Future, the TBI awareness and prevention initiative from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center: http://dvbic.dcoe.mil
Visit http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture to learn about inspiring stories from those in the military community who experienced brain injuries and sought help. The website also features additional resources to prevent, recognize and recover from brain injury.
Follow the initiative on Twitter @AHFTF_Page, and the A Head for the Future page on Facebook.
It’s important to know that each TBI is different; not everyone who sustains a TBI experiences these signs and symptoms, needs and MRI for diagnosis, or requires identical treatment.