Family Caregivers of Veterans with Brain or Blast Injury Face Huge Strains

Family Caregivers of Veterans with Brain or Blast Injury Face Huge Strains

By Annie Pixley

The caregivers and families of severely injured veterans, many of whom have traumatic brain injury and blast injury, face ongoing emotional and financial pressures.  There are thousands of unpaid caregivers, mostly parents, spouses and siblings, who assist vets injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, as they struggle to get through each day.  Many caregivers do not receive military benefits, and have had to quit jobs, move out of their homes and deplete their savings in order to care for their family member.  And since many caregivers of veterans are women, that puts additional strains on family responsibilities.  These family caregivers carry some unique burdens….they have had to endure the excruciating wait for the veteran’s return home after deployment and then eventually being there to help with the healing process of the physical and emotional wounds.  These burdens can be lifelong, creating frustrations for caregivers and veterans alike.

Family caregivers can get more information on accessing services and resources supporting recovery by going to the National Resource Directory.

Veterans’ disabilities are not always service-related, including chronic illnesses and other health issues linked with aging.  However, the caregivers of veterans with combat-related injuries like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, paralysis, etc., make up the majority of critical cases.

In May of 2010, President Obama signed into law the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, enabling family caregivers of seriously disabled veterans to receive required training and certification, access to ongoing support services, counseling and mental health services, as well as respite and medical care and a personal caregiver allowance.

Information specifically for families and veterans dealing with PSTD and TBI can be obtained from Lash and Associates Publishing/Training


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Recommended Reading:


Explaining Brain Injury, Blast Injury and PTSD to Children and Teens

By Marilyn Lash, M.S.W., Janelle Breese Biagioni, Tonya Hellard

When a parent is injured, sons and daughters often feel confused, scared, anxious and angry. This guide helps parents explain the physical, cognitive, behavioral, social and communicative changes that can follow a brain injury, blast injury or PTSD. Using examples from children of all ages, it helps them understand their emotional reactions to a parent’s injury or PTSD. Each chapter has an exercise for children and practical tips for children, parents and professionals.

Understanding the Effects of Concussion, Blast and Brain Injuries

A Guide for Families, Veterans, Service Members and Caregivers

Published by  Lash and Associates Publishing/Training Inc.

Blast injury, PTSD and brain injury guide for families and caregivers on the consequences of concussion in veterans. Used by many VA Hospitals and Army Medical Facilities.


Brain Injury – It is a Journey

By Flora Hammond, M.D., Tami Guerrier, C.T.R.S./L

This brain injury book for families explains consequences of traumatic brain injury and gives strategies for coping with changes in the survivor’s physical abilities, memory, attention, thinking and emotions.


Managing Care and Services after Brain Injury

By Donald R. Hood, B.A., Marilyn Lash, M.S.W., Ann Glang, Ph.D., Bonnie Todis, Ph.D.

Information and tips for families on adapting professional case management skills and applying them to managing care and services for a brain injury survivor at home and in the community.

These and other books on brain and blast injury to veterans, and the effects on caregivers are available from Lash and Associates Publishing/Training Inc at


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