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Kristin Olliney and Isabella

"She’s come really far … but she has a long journey ahead of her, but we’ll take that together, too."

In 2010, Kristin Olliney and her daughter Isabella's lives were changed forever when Isabella came down with sudden acute encephalitis, which caused brain damage. Despite the number of challenges they face every day, Isabella and her mother face them head on and work on her rehabilitation every day.

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Veterans

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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.

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Statewide Head Injury Program

Services for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury

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) 204-3852

For more information and resources for veterans, contact BIA-MA's I&R Department:

1-800-242-0030 or 1-508-475-0032

info@biama.org