ABC News: “In an Instant” – Bob Woodruff

This link will take the reader to the abc news report featuring Bob Woodruff.  This 9 part video clips begins with his story and continuing recovery and then expands to show the many/countless young military men and women who have sustained permanent life changing injuries – specifically T.B.I. Traumatic Brain Injuries.


5 Responses to “ABC News: “In an Instant” – Bob Woodruff”

  1. olotliny Says:

    If you would like to send a get well/thinking of you card to an American Son or Daughter – now a “Wounded Warrior” – here are some addresses:

    Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
    Wounded Warrior Ministry Center
    CMR 402
    APO AE 09180

    Walter Reed Medical Center
    Medical Family Assistance Center
    6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20307-5001

  2. olotliny Says:

    If you would like to send a card of support, get well and encouragement to a young man recovering from severe injuries. My friend Ellie was able to visit him- a remarkable young man who likes video games:)

    SPC. Dillon C
    Michael De Bakey Veterans Hospital
    c/o Nursing Unit 1A
    Spinal Cord Unit, Room 1A-240
    2002 Holcombe Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77030

  3. olotliny Says:

    Update from Ellie on Dillon– Progress, but please continue to pray for him and his wife.
    “His progress is good! He can move his thumbs and fingers now, he has movement of his arms, and feels down to about midchest. He still has no feelings in his legs but he told me, he looks at his legs often and knows he has them and that’s good for now. His blood pressure had been staying steady until a therapist came in today to ask him lots of questions to decide if he has PTSD. He said he was sure he didn’t have PTSD when the therapist walked in but when she finally walked out, he was sure he anyone else that was in the room was sure to have it, they got it from the therapist! He is such a goof at times and Heather is just like him. He does not have a lot of patience for stupid questions so I’m sure he gave her a run for her money. She left him some papers with about 300 questions on it and let me tell you, after reading a few of the questions and the multiple choice answers, I think I have PTSD. LOL! If you didn’t before the test, you certainly will after. “

  4. olotliny Says:

    July 4, 2007
    Screening for Brain Injury Is Set for Illinois Veterans
    CHICAGO, July 3 — Frustrated with the federal government’s response to the mental health needs of soldiers, Illinois officials announced on Tuesday that members of the state’s National Guard would be routinely screened for traumatic brain injuries after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    The mandatory program, which appears to be the first in the nation, will also offer the screening to other veterans in the state and will include a 24-hour hot line providing psychological counseling to veterans of all military branches. The program is expected to cost $10.5 million a year.

    “It’s been shown that the federal government simply was not prepared to deal with the number of war injured coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Tammy Duckworth, the director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and a former Blackhawk helicopter pilot who lost both legs on active duty in Iraq.

    “This is a way that we in Illinois can react much more quickly,” Ms. Duckworth said at a news conference with Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, a Democrat.

    There are currently 1,100 members of the Illinois Army National Guard serving, or preparing to serve, in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    Traumatic brain injuries afflict 14 percent to 20 percent of military service members, according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, a federally financed program. The injuries, which are often caused by roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, are believed to be more common among soldiers who have served in those conflicts, the center estimates.

    Veterans hospitals screen patients, including those who have served in the National Guard, for traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, said Maureen Dyman, a spokeswoman for Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital in Chicago. Anybody who registers for first-time care must take part in the screening, Ms. Dyman said.

    Ms. Duckworth said one goal of the new state program is to catch the milder form of brain injuries in National Guard veterans who show no other sign of injury and who would have no reason to seek care at a hospital. The program is mandatory only for National Guard members because the state has no authority over the military branches.

    “It is obvious to everybody there is a need for more psychological care for our service members,” said Ms. Duckworth, a Democrat, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year.

    Severe and even some moderate traumatic brain injuries are usually obvious and easy to detect, said Dr. Felise S. Zollman, medical director of the brain injury program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, which will help the state carry out the new program. But mild brain injuries often go undetected, with their symptoms of irritability, headaches, dizziness and a foggy feeling in the head, Dr. Zollman said.

    The mandatory screening would consist of a written questionnaire, an assessment by a medical professional, and a professional interpretation of the results, Dr. Zollman said. Service members believed to show symptoms of a brain injury would be referred for assessment and further treatment at a veterans’ center.

    “This is really good news for veterans,” said Paul Sullivan, the executive director of Veterans for Common Sense in Washington, who served in the Army in the Persian Gulf war. “It’s limited in scope, but the State of Illinois is absolutely doing the right thing.”

    It makes sense for states to take on the responsibility for the screening, Mr. Sullivan said.

    “It’s much easier for the state to do this, because they only have tens of thousands — and in the larger states, hundreds of thousands — of new war veterans to deal with,” Mr. Sullivan said. “In contrast, the federal government has 1.6 million service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to try to screen.”

    About half of the $10.5 million cost of the Illinois program would come from the current state budget, Mr. Blagojevich said, and the remainder is expected to be allocated in next year’s budget. The Legislature has been struggling to pass a budget for weeks, and on Thursday it will begin a special session that Mr. Blagojevich said would last “however long it takes” to pass an approved budget.

    “Maybe I always see the glass as half full, but I can’t imagine why we wouldn’t get the money,” he said.

    The Army, in the battery of tests it conducts on returning soldiers, looks generally for traumatic brain injuries, known as T.B.I., but the screening does not focus specifically on them, officials said.

    “As the war has gone on and we realize that T.B.I. is one of the significant injuries of the war, we have put more initiatives in place to screen, diagnose and treat T.B.I.,” said Col. Elspeth C. Ritchie, the psychiatry consultant to the Army surgeon general.

    Soldiers returning from active duty undergo health assessments as well as reassessments three months to six months later, Colonel Ritchie said.

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