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Joanne Susi

"It's the difference between surviving and thriving...and I'm thriving here."Joanne Susi was BIA-MA's keynote speaker at the 35th Annual Brain Injury Conference. On March 16, 2011, Joanne Susi's life was transformed. After three long years in a nursing home, she moved into the community as a result of the ABI Waiver Program. Read Joanne's story

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Sometimes the real battle starts when they come home

Brain injury is the "signature wound" of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. If you are experiencing some of the symptoms below, you may have sustained a brain injury.

Symptoms may include:

- Fatigue

- Memory problems

- Trouble problem solving

- Difficulty finding words

- Irritability

- Difficulty making decisions

- Inability to concentrate

- Personality changes

- Trouble organizing thoughts

- Easily confused

The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is participating in a veterans grant to provide outreach and assistance in identifying resources for veterans. As a private, nonprofit organization, BIA-MA can provide confidential support and information.

Additional Veterans Services - Commonwealth of Massachusetts

SHIP - Services for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury

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The Massachusetts Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) is an agency within the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, responsible for providing community-based services for persons who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A continuum of services are offered through this program, including case management, social/recreation programs and regional Head Injury Centers.

Military personnel who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan (OIF/OEF), as well as past wards, may have sustained a TBI, secondary to their exposure to explosions (I.E.D., RPG's, etc.), as well as other combat-related experiences. In some instances, both women and men have sustained a TBI in the context of military sexual trauma (MST) or polytrauma. The Statewide Head Injury Programs provides:

  • Resource and referral information and assistance for veterans and their families/significant others
  • Confidential screening for TBI
  • Assistance with completing the eligibility process for SHIP
  • Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluation, when indicated
  • Assistance with linkages to other programs/services available for veterans with TBI, including disability benefits (e.g., SSI/SSDI), Medicaid, legal counsel, as well as Veterans Administration- funded benefits.

For further information contact:
Felisha Bennett
Veterans Program Coordinator
(617) 204-385