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Easter Seals Launches Program for Veterans Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with Traumatic Brain Injuries
Date:10/5/2007

Seeks Participants in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Hartford and Sacramento Markets

CHICAGO, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ --

Why: According to the Department of Defense, the signature wound for

U.S. soldiers involved in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan

is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), with 25 percent of blast

survivors at risk of TBI. Government reports cite nearly 22,000

blast survivors, leaving 5,500 service members with the potential

for TBI. However, neurologists nationwide worry that hundreds of

thousands more, at least 30 percent of the troops who've engaged

in active combat for four months or longer in Iraq and

Afghanistan, are at risk of potentially disabling neurological

disorders from the blast waves of IEDs and mortars, all without

suffering a scratch.

Who: Over nearly 90 years, Easter Seals has played a leading role in

helping veterans with disabilities in their local communities

through medical rehabilitation, home accessibility, job training

and employment, and recreation. Easter Seals located in

Dallas/Fort Worth, Hartford and Sacramento, with funding from the

Ludy Family Foundation, are conducting a pilot project to help

returning veterans with TBI, using Posit Science's Brain Fitness

Program.

Iraq and Afghanistan military service members and veterans who

were involved in any blasts (from IEDs, mortars, land mines,

grenade, RPG, etc.) or sustained a head injury (from a bullet,

vehicle accident, or fall) and are currently experiencing ANY of

the following; easily irritated or angered; headaches; ringing in

the ears; blurred vision; feeling light-headed or dizzy; trouble

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