Volunteering as a Service Member

[ Music ]>>Well, after a near — nearly
30 year career in the military, I know very well what it’s
like to be scared of patient, you know, confidentiality, and how that might affect
one’s military career. One thing I noticed
over my career in the Army is that
it never did. So, there’s this stigma
attached to seeing somebody in behavioral health
or admitting that you have a traumatic brain
injury, and somehow that’s going to adversely affect your career. And that’s just not
the case, and in fact, it can be just the opposite. If you, you know, have a
behavioral health problem, or you have a problem
with brain injury. And that adversely
affects your performance, and your command does not know
about that or address that, it would be more likely to
negatively impact your career by not having those
issues addressed than by having those
issues addressed.>>Blast injuries can be very
severe or it can be very subtle. And sometimes subtle
changes can be unrecognized. People come home and they’re
a little bit different. They might be a little
bit anxious, might have trouble sleeping. Might have headaches, might be
forgetful, and if you’re home and things aren’t right,
it’s a good idea to check and see what could be wrong. The deployment time should not
be a consideration with regard to enrolling in a study. There are many studies where
there’s an initial encounter, and that takes place
at a medical facility. And other things are
conducted by email, by telephone, by distance. And are accomplished
yearly or can have gaps of several months
or years in-between. And still be part of a study, and still give us
valid information.>>One of the things we do in our long-term study is
really do an in-depth analysis, a four day — two to four
day in-depth analysis of their cognitive function,
their physical function, how their brain looks on an
MRI, their blood biomarkers. And so, to a certain extent, that is of use to
some individuals. And then, many individuals
and volunteers just do it because they feel like
they want to give back. And ultimately they want to,
you know, help find cures for these really —
really difficult problems.>>Please visit our
website at CNRMstudies.org. Subscribe to our Facebook
page, Twitter feed, YouTube channel, and Instagram. That’s where you’ll have access
to TBI and PTS resources. Please give us a call, we
would love to hear from you. Together, we can
make a difference. [ Music ]

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