IUP-TV Special Report: “Wounded Warriors: Traumatic Brain Injury”

Posted on 11/2/2009 9:31:00 AM

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the topic of an in-depth interview on IUP-TV with Dr. Karl Hursey, a rehabilitation psychologist with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Defense and Veterans’ Brain Injury Center in Johnstown. This thirty-minute special educates veterans and those who care about them, including faculty, counselors, friends, and loved ones, to the disparate effects that TBI can have over time and the treatment options available that can lead to recovery.

Traumatic brain injury is often called the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the most common combat-related injury of our time, typically the result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), and it is often accompanied by severe multiple trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. In past wars, TBI was a non-issue, because soldiers did not survive bombing or terror attacks—they were either killed in the blast, or died later in the emergency room. Today, however, due to improved medical technology and better armor and protection, more U.S. servicemembers are surviving serious attacks. Later, though, many begin to experience symptoms that may include difficulty with concentration, memory and recall, irritabilty, headaches, dizziness, and balance disturbances. As these symptoms may not occur for months or even years following an attack, many do not recognize that they are a result of the initial brain injury. Yet their impact on work, study, and family life may be extremely detrimental.

If you are a veteran, or know a veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan, don't miss this IUP-TV special report. It will be televised according to the schedule below:

  • Monday, November 9, 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 10, 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 11, 7:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 12, 7:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 13, 7:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 15, 7:30 to 8:00 p.m.

"Wounded Warriors: Traumatic Brain Injury" was produced by Kathleen Manion in cooperation with the IUP-TV staff.