Veteran Lifestyle

Coping With the Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury as a Veteran

One of the worst parts of serving in the military is the risk of serious physical or emotional injury. Unfortunately, for veterans, Traumatic Brain Injuries (or TBIs) are all too common with hundreds of thousands of troops suffering from TBIs over the past decade. Thankfully, there are things that veterans can do to deal with the aftermath of a TBI and to live a good, healthy life.

Seek Treatment

The Department of Veteran Affairs and the private sector are well aware of the massive impact that TBIs can have on the lives of veterans. Thankfully, there are ample treatment options for these individuals. Options include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychological counseling, and more. There is also CognitiveFX’s new program, which boasts a 75 percent improvement of post-concussion symptoms.

Be Patient With Yourself

A TBI can have a devastating impact on someone’s life, leaving a variety of long-term physical and emotional trauma. Often, TBI victims are frustrated, questioning their fates and feeling “weak” for having suffered from such a devastating injury. That’s why so many doctors and recovered service members always tell TBI victims to be patient with themselves. It can be a difficult and long road to recovery. Self-acceptance, understanding your new limitations, and learning to rely on your loved ones are all keys to long-term recovery.

Why TBIs Are a Big Deal

TBIs affect hundreds of thousands of veterans and millions of civilians every year. As a society, it’s time to acknowledge that people who have had TBIs deserve nothing but the very best in terms of emergency care and the chance to recover for the long term. This means working to ensure proper diagnosis too. After all, knowing the type of brain injury that you suffered can help in identifying your condition, as well as enabling doctors to give you the help that you need to heal and feel like yourself again. Without proper treatment, TBI victims may live a life without full functionality and will likely be forced to permanently rely on overburdened family and friends.


TBIs can have a long-term impact on those who are unlucky enough to receive one, and unfortunately, veterans are far more likely than the rest of the population to get one. However, they do not guarantee a life of pain and misery. With proper identification, diagnosis, and treatment, a veteran can live a healthy, productive life where recovery is possible.

Veteran Lifestyle

Discrimination Against Veterans and What You Can Do to Combat It

Most people in the United States at least have some appreciation for the sacrifices that veterans have made for their country. However, many are unaware of how much discrimination these courageous men and women face in the workforce, in healthcare, and housing. The good news is that there are things that all of us can do to help them fight against this prejudice in all forms.

It Can Be Harder to Get a Job

Veterans don’t just have to think about encountering discrimination while they work, they also have to think about it when getting a job. Someone who has served in the military has experiences and skill sets that make them good candidates for many positions. However, many of these men and women face discrimination that begins even before the interview process at the hands of employers who won’t interview them.


If you think an employer has discriminated against you because of your veteran status, document everything that has happened and get in touch with the Department of Labor about your concerns. Consider finding out about different employers with a veteran-friendly attitude.

It Can Be Harder to Get Help

Sometimes, your worst adversaries in civilian life can be insurance companies and doctors. Insurance can be the worst. Insurance companies may value injury claims for less because you are former military, assuming that you could not have been in good shape, to begin with, given your past military involvement, therefore your injuries are “worth less.” Many doctors also have a similar attitude.


It’s essential to fight claims denials, even as frustrating as the process can be overall. Consider applying for healthcare benefits from the VA, which are often available even without a service-related disability.

It Can Be Harder to Get Housing

Many veterans living with a disability face housing discrimination. Some examples include veterans with emotional support dogs being denied housing or a lack of units accessible for veterans in wheelchairs. Veterans can face real hardships finding the right place.


Even though veteran status is not a protected class under federal housing laws, disabled veterans who encounter discrimination do have recourse. If a landlord or homeowners’ association has refused to accommodate a disability, contacting HUD may be your best solution.


Even though discrimination against former service members is far from isolated, there are remedies for those who have faced it available. Understanding what constitutes discrimination and knowing how to fight it goes a long way.

The health, well-being, and success of veterans is the goal of the Iron Therapy Project. We have lots of resources to assist veterans. Apply for our 90-day wellness program or show your support by donating today!