Wow! We’re the featured story on The Ranger’s website; northwestmilitary.com. Check out the article at https://bit.ly/109iY76. Did you know that 30% of soldiers admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center have been diagnosed as having had a TBI? Did you also know that Veterans’ advocates believe that between 10 and 20% of Iraq veterans, or 150,000 and 300,000 service members have some level of TBI? And according to the CDC blasts are a leading cause of TBI for active duty military personnel in war zones. We help our veterans returning home from conflicts abroad and transitioning back into civilian life
We had a great time at the Tools 4 Success Conference last week. Tools 4 Success is an annual conference for persons with disabilities that focuses on employment prep. BEST was one of the many community organizations present for the conference. Karen and Penny were terrific as they engaged with visitors to our table and other vendors. Here are some photos you might enjoy… Want to know more? Contact us at 877-719-2378 Another successful event. Thank you Karen, Penny, and the entire Stitiching It Up crew.
Today we celebrate Amy Davis. Amy is a BEST hero because of her drive to excel and her enthusiasm for life. Amy was a junior at Weber State University when she was hospitalized for 10 days after a cheerleading accident. After her release from the hospital Amy struggled with her balance and coordination. She couldn’t focus and had a hard time concentrating. After returning to school and to classes as a musical theater/piano performance major, it was hard to return to normal activities and study habits, but she persisted. She was determined to succeed. As a Cum Laude graduate, she
Today we celebrate Bob Woodruff. On Jan. 29, 2006, a mere 27 days after he was tapped to succeed Peter Jennings as the co-anchor of ABC World News Tonight, Woodruff was nearly killed when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle while on assignment near Taji, Iraq. “How I survived, we still don’t know to this day,” Woodruff said in a speech he gave not too long after reconstructive surgery and rehab. In February 2007 Bob returned to ABC News with his first on-air report, “To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports.” It was an hour-long, primetime documentary that chronicled his
Today we celebrate Katie Griffith. Katie is a BEST hero because of her enthusiasm and energy. You’ll find Katie at support groups, helping others, jumping in to help us with Project PEER, event coordination, and raising money. Today you’ll find her speaking before a crowd of passionate advocates for disability rights at the Independent Living Day rally on the capital steps in Olympia WA. Katie was 18 when she was in car accident that changed her life forever. She says that by not having access to appropriate education, resources, and support or transportation she was set up for a life
Brain injury is not an event or an outcome. It is the start of an often misdiagnosed, misunderstood, under-funded neurological disease. Individuals who sustain brain injuries must have timely access to expert trauma care, specialized rehabilitation, lifelong disease management and individualized services, and supports in order to live healthy, independent and satisfying lives. When someone suffers a brain injury, the entire family is affected. Studies show that caregivers of people who have suffered a brain injury may experience feelings of burden, distress, anxiety, anger and depression. If you are caring for a partner, spouse, child, relative or close friend with