DOD Brain Injury Center Launches Podcast for Military Family Caregivers

SILVER SPRING, MD., Nov. 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In recognition of Warrior Care Month and National Family Caregivers Month, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) launched a new podcast for family caregivers of service members and veterans with traumatic brain injuries on November 22.

The podcast, called “The TBI Family,” will focus on providing information about TBI, sharing resources for caregivers and telling caregiver stories.
“We know family caregivers don’t have a lot of free time, but do need access to information,” said Col. (Dr.) Geoffrey Grammer, DVBIC director. “Podcasts are a great way to get our message to caregivers in a way that works for their schedules.”
According to a recent study by Rand Corp., there are 5.5 million military family caregivers in the United States and 29 percent of them are helping someone who experienced a TBI. The study found that the term “family caregiver” can be misleading as well. Nearly a quarter of military caregivers are friends and neighbors.
“We really hope this podcast helps caregivers overcome the challenges they face every day,” said Grammer, “but the only way we can really be sure is feedback from the caregivers themselves. We hope they’ll let us know what they’d like to hear and whether we’re providing that.”
DVBIC is planning a 10-episode first season.
DVBIC serves active-duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with traumatic brain injury through state-of-the-science clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs, and support for force health protection services. Please visit the DVBIC website for more information.
If you are a member of the media with an inquiry or would like to interview a DVBIC expert, please contact DVBIC Public Affairs via email or call 301-295-7678 during normal business hours. Business hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (ET) Monday – Friday.

CONTACT: Angelita Colon-Francia, CIV
         Chief of Media Relations, Public Affairs 
         Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE)
         1335 East West Highway, Suite 900
         Silver Spring, MD 20910
         P: (301)295-7410

Source: GlobeNewswire

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