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Epilepsy affects nearly 3 million Americans.

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VETERANS OUTREACH

Program Objectives
A study performed by the Rand Corporation found that 19.5% of the U.S. military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan reported possible traumatic brain injury (TBI) which is now identified as the "signature injury of the global war on terror." TBI is a common cause of post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE).

It is estimated that between 15-34% of TBI patients have PTE and active-duty military rates can be as high as 53%.  Between 50-80% of all TBIs are due to blast injuries sustained during combat. 

Military personnel may underreport mild TBI to avoid removal from combat situations or active duty and thus may be underdiagnosed. And, limited time and resources available at forward medical commands can prohibit thorough TBI evaluation, which can result in service members returning to duty with symptoms of undiagnosed TBI. 

In an effort to support the men and women who have fought to protect our country, the Epilepsy Foundation has created the Veterans Outreach Program that is designed to: 1) provide education on the link that exists between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and epilepsy, and 2) increase the numbers of veterans who are screened for TBI. 

The Foundation works with organizations such as the Veterans Administration and Epilepsy Centers of Excellence to communicate the following key messages to veterans and their families:

· TBI is a common form of injury in service men and women returning from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
· PTE is a seizure disorder that is caused by TBI.
· The risk of PTE increases with the severity of the TBI.
· There are available resources to help veterans and family members receive accurate information regarding PTE and TBI.

This program was made possible by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Available Resources 
Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy is a pocket-size booklet that has been designed to educate veterans and their families about the relationship between TBI and epilepsy. If you would like to order a copy, please call 800-332-1000. 

Epilepsy Foundation
8301 Professional Place - East  |  Landover, MD 20785  |  800-332-1000
www.epilepsyfoundation.org