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Veterans & the Military Community

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For Veterans living with the invisible wounds, the fight continues long after they return home.

The invisible wounds of war—including post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI)—are common among those with military experience. Living with these conditions can be challenging for the person with the diagnosis, their family members, and caregivers.

The invisible wounds are not invisible to those that struggle with them every day or their families. They are invisible to the rest of us and to the system that is blind to them and has failed to aggressively pursue the answers.

These brave men and women voluntarily stepped up on the line to serve this great nation with the goal of protecting our freedoms… many have gone into harm’s way at personal expense and sacrifice. We cannot leave any more of them behind. It is our national obligation to support those who have come home with both visible and invisible wounds.

– Frank Larkin
Chair, Veterans Advisory Council

Many Veterans spend years waiting for a diagnosis that will explain their symptoms or cycle through numerous treatments without finding relief.

Brain trauma changes the structure and function of the brain and can lead to a variety of cognitive, physical, and emotional symptoms. Some of these symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event or brain injury, while others may be delayed, emerging months or even years later. This complexity makes both the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and TBI more difficult.

The toll of the invisible wounds

Delayed diagnosis and ineffective treatments can result in the most devastating outcome of all, suicidality. For the first time in our nation’s history, suicides from the invisible wounds are outpacing the number of in-theatre deaths from physical wounds.

We must treat the underlying conditions that increase risk for suicide.

  • Despite decades of promising research and billions spent on clinical trials, there are no cures for the invisible wounds.
  • Patients are diagnosed based on subjective, patient-reported symptoms, not in an objective way based on their unique biology.
  • We lack reliable, evidence-based treatments.

Cohen Veterans Bioscience is advancing the scientific understanding of the invisible wounds

Our research and advocacy aim to fast-track the science and improve the lives of Veterans and service members living with the invisible wounds by:

Advancing our understanding of TBI and PTSD through rigorous research, including discovering genetic factors and building predictive data models.

Fast-tracking the development of easy-to-use diagnostic tests and guidelines to diagnose TBI and PTSD quickly and accurately.

Advancing research that can help match patients to the most effective treatments, including wellness, digital health, drug and device approaches.

Advocating for policies that prioritize brain trauma solutions for Veterans at the federal, state, and local levels.

Join the fight to help advance diagnostics and treatments for brain trauma​

Across the country, Veterans, first responders, and everyday heroes are using their hobbies and passions to help fund our transformative research.

A Marine Veteran brings hope to individuals and families affected by TBI and suicide.

After Marine Veteran Tristan Wimmer lost his brother and fellow Marine to suicide, he founded 22 Jumps to honor him and all Veterans whose lives are cut short by suicide. 22 Jumps is a series of fundraising events where Veterans and others BASE jump 22 times in a single day in honor of the 22 Veterans who die by suicide each day. The funds from these events help advance solutions for TBI.

Resources

For Immediate Assistance

  • If you have taken steps to end your life, call 911 immediately.
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline – Dial 988
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline – (800) 656-HOPE
  • National Center for PTSD – Veterans Crisis Line – (800) 273-8255
  • Women’s Veterans Call Center – (855) VA-Women

Accessing Care

Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity research organization and does not offer medical advice. CVB encourages you to seek medical advice from a physician or healthcare provider if you have questions regarding a medical condition, or to call 911 or go to the nearest hospital if you find that you or someone you are concerned about is in an emergency situation.