The Veterans Outreach Program is an awareness campaign aimed at Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who may have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury. The Veterans Outreach Program (VOP) is a systematic approach to advocating, and educating Veterans and their families on the correlations between Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Epilepsy. In addition the VOP willprovide supportive services to aide in improved access to medical and psychological health benefits through collaborative partnerships.

Studies show that 19.5% of U.S. military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have reported possible Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).  TBI has now been identified as a “signature injury of the global war on terror”. The long-term effects of head injuries create a heightened risk of post-traumatic conditions, including epilepsy. The incidence of Post Traumatic Epilepsy in active duty soldiers diagnosed with TBI is as high as 53%. In addition it has been shown that countless hours of paperwork and up to 2 week transition time prior to separation from the military often leads to unintentional overlooked vital information provided to the soldier. during this transition. This could potentially lead to difficulties obtaining future benefits should long term effects become apparent.This has become an enormous concern among Veteran advocates and physicians.

Trainings will be provided to address the educational needs of Veterans and their families. In addition to trainings each participant will have the opportunity to complete the TBI Screening Tool.  Trainings will include the following topics:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury & Epilepsy
  • An Introduction to Epilepsy & Seizures
  • Diagnosis, Treatment, & First Aid 
  • The Impact of Epilepsy
  • Tips & Training for Caregivers
  • Employment,Compensation, & Health Benefits
  • Additional Resources

Social and supportive services resources will be provided as well as Information and assistance with the VA Health Services Registration process.  For those participants who need additional help accessing and or completing the VA Registration process, assistance will be provided by collaborative partners. For more information on scheduled trainings contact EFCST at (210) 653-5353 or by email at

“This program was made possible by a grant from the  Epilepsy Foundation and the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under grant number U58 DP000606-04. Its contents do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.”



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