New Guide Helps Service Members, Veterans with Brain Injury Get Back to School

By Lauren Sucher, DVBIC Public Affairs

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) created a free electronic resource for service members and veterans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and plan to go back to school. The "Back to School Guide to Academic Success After Traumatic Brain Injury" is available to download at

Since 2000, more than 280,000 service members sustained a TBI during their service. Approximately 80 percent of those TBIs happened in a non-deployed setting and are characterized as mild TBIs, more commonly known as concussions.

In most cases, service members who sustain concussions recover fully and quickly. But for a small portion of service members, symptoms from a concussion can linger for months or longer, creating challenges with memory and thinking, personal relationships and other aspects of life.

The guide includes information service members and veterans need to start their academic journey, from symptom management to choosing a school and adjusting to civilian campus culture. A comprehensive student resources section gives students access to websites that will help connect them with the appropriate people and organizations that can help answer questions and provide detailed information.

"Our nation's service members are bright, determined and resilient," said DVBIC National Director Army Col. Sidney Hinds. "Any service member who has sustained a TBI and goes back to school may find the transition difficult, and they will likely bring the same determination and effort to their schoolwork that they do to their military service. DVBIC's back-to-school guide can help service members pursue and succeed in higher education."