War can have a serious impact on a soldier’s life and its physical and emotional effects can be overwhelming. As more U.S. soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan, studies are showing a significant connection between head injuries sustained in combat and epilepsy. Operation Outreach has been designed to help veterans suddenly faced with the challenges of epilepsy understand the disorder and how to best manage their lives.
By participating in Operation Outreach, veterans develop the knowledge and skills necessary to handle common issues associated with epilepsy, a complex disorder that this program works to uncover. Other challenges such as emotional instability, feelings of isolation, medication compliance, navigating public benefits and vocational counseling, are also addressed between veterans and their case managers. Through Operation Outreach, the Epilepsy Foundation is able to reach out and assure that all soldiers faced with epilepsy are not alone.
- Up to 50% of veterans returning from the Middle East with traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder may develop epilepsy
- Evidence of brain injury has been found in 61% of returning soldiers who have been exposed to blasts
- Post traumatic seizures can take up to 15 years to manifest
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