As more of our soldiers return from duty, we are seeing an increasing number of veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Estimates show as many as one-third of soldiers admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center are suffering from TBIs. Furthermore, it’s believed that as many as 300,000 soldiers and veterans suffer from TBIs at some level.
TBI treatments are advancing, but perhaps one of the most unique approaches used today is art therapy. In other words, soldiers are expressing their struggles through imagery.
This treatment technique is highlighted in the upcoming February issue of National Geographic. The article, titled “ Revealing the Trauma of War”, focuses on masks created by current and former soldiers who suffer from TBIs and their side effects. The masks are decorated to express the emotions and feelings that can accompany a TBI.
Some of the masks are surreal and fantastic, while others are mangled and clearly depict painful wounds. The aim of the program is not only educating the public about the struggles that veterans with TBIs face, but also to let veterans with TBIs express feelings that may otherwise be difficult to explain or depict.
Skolrood Law Firm has a team of attorneys who have seen first hand the devastating effects TBIs can have on soldiers and their family. That’s why our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are hopeful this project is successful in helping veterans overcome their injuries.