Saturday, October 08, 2011

VA Debuts Documentary Highlighting Heroes, Polytrauma System of Care



WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs  has launched a campaign
to increase awareness about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and services
provided by the VA for Veterans and Servicemembers recovering from TBI
and co-occurring complex injuries.

The campaign debuted with a 25-minute documentary last week highlighting
individual stories of recovery for some of the most severely injured and
wounded Veterans through the VA Polytrauma System of Care at the Hunter
Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Va.  The documentary and
other videos can be viewed at www.polytrauma.va.gov.

"The stories of true courage and determination are an inspiration to all
who watch this documentary," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K.
Shinseki.  "The stories go beyond their injuries resulting from combat
or vehicle accidents by highlighting their heroic roads to recovery,
aided by VA's system of care. I encourage everyone to take the
opportunity to watch the video."

VA has released a series of products to promote awareness of TBI and
services available to Veterans, including public service announcements
<http://www.polytrauma.va.gov/multimedia-library/multimedia-library>
featuring Golden Globe, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild SAG Award winner
and Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise.

The pieces highlight the fact that effects of TBI can range from mild to
severe, lasting for a brief or prolonged period of time.  Treatment is
available and VA provides specialized services to support Veterans and
Servicemembers through evaluating and diagnosing TBI, related problems,
and enabling their recovery. More information about TBI and VA's
Polytrauma/TBI System of Care is available at www.polytrauma.va.gov.

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Sean P Eagan

Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans
Life Member Veterans of Foreign Wars
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