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Fort Hood Press Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: March 2, 2012 3:17:11 PM CST

Soldiers with TBI to practice combat skills in simulated environment

* * * * * MEDIA ADVISORY* * * * * *

Media interested in covering this event should contact the CRDAMC Public Affairs Office, (254) 288-8005 or (254) 286-7954, by 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8 for meeting time and location.

 

FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic will conduct vehicle convoy and live fire range simulation training with TBI patients March 9 at 10 a.m. at the Warrior Skills Training Center and the Engagement Skills Trainer.

This is the first time patients receiving treatment for TBI will have the opportunity to practice combat skills in a simulated environment at Fort Hood, Lt. Cmdr. Scott Mitchell, chief of the CRDAMC TBI clinic, said.

“These Soldiers are from various units across Fort Hood, and they are all receiving care at the CRDAMC TBI clinic,” he said. “This training opportunity is a new facet of treatment that will help ensure they are ready to return to duty, including areas of combat operations as required.”

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. A traumatic brain injury, or concussion, is best described as disruptions of the brain that occur following a blow or jolt to the head or penetrating head injury. The severity of TBIs can range from mild to severe.

The Army wants Leaders, Soldiers and Family members to know the signs and symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), and understand the importance of seeking prompt medical care.

“Most concussions occur without a loss of consciousness and are treatable,” Mitchell said. “Some common signs and symptoms of a concussion may include amnesia, confusion, dizziness, fatigue, headache, slurred speech, nausea, vomiting or ringing in the ears. Some people have memory or concentration problems, sensitivity to light and noise, sleep disturbances, irritability and depression. However, with proper care, many people recover completely with little or no lasting symptoms.”

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For more information contact:
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
Public Affairs Office
(254) 288-8005
Mikaela Cade
Fort Hood, TX 76544
mikaela.t.cade.civ@mail.mil