Operation Headed Home to address brain injury issues

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Story by David Altom, Deputy Director,  Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

FORT KNOX, Ky. — Recognizing the need to address traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder, the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities has united with representatives from federal, military, state and professional organizations across Kentucky to host the 2nd annual Operation: Headed Home conference.

This state-wide conference will address the needs of Service members, Veterans, military families, caregivers and behavioral health professionals with information, resources, and support regarding  TBI and PTSD.

The conference will take place from 7:30 a.m. — 5 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Fort Knox Leaders Club.

There is no cost to participants.

A Kentucky Army National Guard Soldier on convoy security duty in Iraq. IEDs are the primary cause of brain injuries among US service members at war. (Kentucky National Guard file photo)

“We’re encouraging all Service members, Veterans, Family members, caregivers and healthcare professionals to attend,” said Cody Stagner, medical outreach coordinator for the Kentucky National Guard.  “We also invite concerned members of the community to come as well.”

The conference will have presenters from military, Veteran, federal, state and community agencies on hand to share information and resources.

“Our speakers will address things like how Service members and Veterans can access resources and benefits,” said Stagner.  “We want to get as much information out there to the people who need it the most.

“We’ve asked so much of our Service members and now it’s time we took care of them.”

Space for the conference is limited, so attendees must register in advance.

For registration information, contact Justina Keathley at 859-622-4968 or justina.keathley@eku.edu

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