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Robert McDonald

Can former Proctor and Gamble CEO, Robert McDonald, “clean up” the VA?

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“It’s integrity, it’s advocacy, it’s respect, it’s excellence. These are the things that we try to do for our veterans.” Those are the words as well as the actions Robert McDonald have taken in his very short time as Secretary of the VA.  It appears veterans under the Veteran’s Administration (VA) system of care have […]

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BIA of MI

Michigan Brain Injury Conference Raises a Big Question

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Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to attend and present at the 34th Annual Fall Conference of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI). Attending brain injury events and gatherings is a regular part of the outreach efforts in working with our clients.  The Michigan conference offered a chance to experience what it takes, from […]

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Heroic Father Behind $70 Million NCAA TBI Settlement

Heroic Father Behind $70 Million NCAA TBI Settlement

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The recent NCAA announcement of the $70 million settlement of their class action lawsuit on brain injury is a small step in the right direction in the battle for recognition of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) as a chronic lifelong condition versus the current medical and insurance perspective.   What is most troubling is that in spite […]

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Death by Denial: When Society and Medicine Disavow Brain Injury

Death by Denial: When Society and Medicine Disavow Brain Injury

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Recently I had the privilege of conversing with the parents of an Afghanistan war veteran who tragically lost his life in a shooting encounter with Tulsa police.  In many of the early media reports, the parents recognized that the police officer was only doing his job to protect the neighborhood. His mother also acknowledged that […]

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Stethescope on Flag

Oppositional Defiance: Is VA Scandal Masking Real U.S. HealthCare Issues?

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As a US Army Infantry veteran with a service connected injury, the recent allegations of deaths due to health care failures within the VA medical system that directs my healthcare, has, needless to say, been a concern the past few weeks. My greatest unease though is with the rush to judgment along with an Inquisition-like […]

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WhiteMatter

Research Reveals White Matter Matters: ‘Scaffolding’ the Human Brain

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From the ever evolving world of Neuroscience, new research efforts revealed that scientists have identified the white matter “scaffold” of the human brain, the critical communications network that supports brain function.  Researchers from The University of Southern California’s (USC) Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics collaborated with their cohorts of the Laboratory of Neuroimaging at USC […]

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KaylaWilliamsBook

“When We Get Home” A Military Couples Journey of Recovery

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One of the pleasures of working with brain injury survivors, for me, is when they share their journey of recovery. When the story involves the shared experiences of a family living through brain injury, from a couple who served together in a war zone along with open and honest dialogue of his and her physical […]

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MartinTonyZink

Dr. Martin “Tony” Zink Shares His Brain Injury Recovery Experience

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Some of the most influential advocates for brain injury survivors are medical professionals with personal life experiences of living through brain injury. One such activist is Dr. Martin “Tony” Zink III, a cardiologist in Overland Park, Kansas. For 9 of the 20 years since the motor vehicle accident that changed his life, Dr. Zink has […]

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JoeNamath

Joe Namath Reveals His Brain Injury

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Last Friday, two days before being honored to perform the coin toss for the 2014 Super Bowl, Joe Namath appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan show.  Mr. Namath is most notably remembered for boldly predicting that his underdog New York Jet’s football team would beat the highly heralded Baltimore Colts.  As their quarterback, he delivered on that […]

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ToxicLeadership

Toxic Leadership May Be Contributing Factor to Veteran Suicides

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On January 6th, 2014, National Public Radio (NPR) released an eye opening report on how destructive leadership within the Army may be a contributing factor to suicide in combat veterans. The direction of the report was initiated by a very surprising source.  In 2010, while supervising the step down of Army forces in Iraq, Brigadier […]

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