Traumatic Brain Injury Not an End to Marine’s Ability to Serve

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the many disabling conditions from which Gulf War veterans may suffer due to injuries sustained during service. Veterans who survive a serious accident or assault and sustain head trauma may suffer a TBI, which can lead to many types of mental and physical health conditions that result in disability.

Service Doesn’t Have to End after a Traumatic Brain Injury

The San Jose Mercury News recently featured the story of U.S. Marine Rick Peralta, a Gulf War veteran who sustained a traumatic brain injury in 1991 while serving in Operation Desert Storm. His Humvee was involved in a head-on collision with a water truck and he struck his head against the windshield.

The accident left Peralta in a coma for five months and the brain damage robbed him of his normal functionality. He was now disabled with muscle weakness on the right half of his body, loss of short-term memory, and problems with speech and vision.

Peralta has undergone extensive therapy and rehabilitation for both physical and mental functionality. He has been able to regain enough control of his body to move with a walker and is looking to undergo vocational job training to continue to serve his country in any way possible.

Causes and Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

According to Brain Line Military, between 2000 and midway through 2012 there were over 253,000 traumatic brain injuries reported among military servicemembers. A TBI can result from any type of head trauma, direct or indirect, that impairs the function of the brain.

Some of the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:

  • depression or anxiety;
  • headaches or neck pain;
  • ringing in the ears;
  • lack of energy;
  • lack of balance;
  • problems concentrating or completing daily tasks;
  • blurred vision
  • light sensitivity; and
  • difficulty speaking, thinking or reading.

Qualifying for Veterans Disability Benefits After a Traumatic Brain Injury

This disabling condition is one of the many service-related injuries that may qualify a veteran for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). To apply, a veteran must show proof of an incident that occurred during military service that caused the traumatic brain injury.

If you are a disabled veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury, seek legal assistance from a veterans disability benefits attorney from the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits as a result of your disabling condition such as a traumatic brain injury, contact our veterans’ disability firm today  855-855-8992.