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Most folks who've suffered brain injuries don't realize that emotions can get shaken up with the brain.
So when soldiers return home from the war front -- brain injuries.
Their behavior can -- family and employers that's just one reason.
Why it's so important to train not only the troops -- brain injuries but also the folks who live and work around them.
And that is the work of our next -- Patricia -- President of the armed forces foundation she joins us from DC.
Along with David McArthur but -- at a scoreboard owner of MacArthur baker bakery and the father of a -- return from combat duty with a brain injury he joins us from Saint Louis good to see about Patricia first you.
You know to -- not even gotten a lot of neurosurgeons know how the emotions get involved in this.
When your brain gets shook up as as often happens with these brain injury so.
How do you prepare.
The the troops returning home their family and their employers for what's to come.
There's really no way to prepare like you -- everybody's different you know when when their brain gets hit I have seen.
Front all of injuries which are supposed to caused extreme anger and at threats and all kinds of bad things -- seen that happening quite a few patients cases and then.
Then you'll see some guy is completely lethargic and -- -- had exactly the same injury you just don't now.
You know so it's just important to talk about all the different -- that can't happen depression and everything to prepare.
Society and your friends and family as to what what we could be in for.
While David does the military and prepare the troops or the families of the troops for what's to come.
You know I -- not to the level that -- -- I think there's something that.
Should've been done in the past but I don't know I blame them so much because.
I've I've literally seen in the last year -- huge strides have been made.
I think with the blast injuries come in and at the rate that they have I think the military was caught off guard and I'm prepared an unknown.
To them on on how the reaction was going to be from these guys -- and ladies I mean it's and it's across the lines -- -- I've seen it in the last year that might sound -- back.
Huge strides as toward how they -- -- in the battlefield three strikes and your end vs before it -- you showed signs of just revolt.
They never removed from the battlefield David what's the best thing that's worked for -- so far in terms of the way you're dealing with your -- to where you're trying to reintegrate -- in a civilian life.
Constant communication because it's day today you never know when nets would have bout of depression is gonna hit.
And I know that when I don't hear from him if I'm not communicated if I don't hear something it's time to pick up the phone and call and say hey what's up.
Because it -- varies from day to day different things.
Triggered the reactions and their brain it can be where their -- it can be imminent closure it can be the group of people that are around.
It can just be the pain level -- my son has chronic pain so some days he can take it some days he can't.
A lot of the emotions are and I I know from stroke -- because remember my -- had a stroke recently that that that.
That's where the emotions can and you can you can have somebody who's normally very passive as you say I have some some very angry fits at times.
When -- when do you guys step in as the foundation and try to intercede.
When those behaviors affect a person's job.
Or actually starting from the beginning from the minute that somebody comes home you know we try we we support these reintegration weekends with.
Soldiers and their wives and would get through 300 groups the couples together will come together and really try and work out some of the emotional issues this also gives.
Some of the psychologists and psychiatrists -- around an opportunity that.
-- -- that look at some these patients coming home and and see if there's a real potential problem.
But one places where we look at -- is actually in schools and we we take a good look at what's going on at home through the kids.
Kids actually start exerting a lot of bad behaviors when things -- are bad -- normally good kid all the sudden seems that shut dirty and neglected it.
Or he's just really upset that's that's a good inside as to what might actually be a real problem at home.
So we're doing a lot of training at schools and now providing counselors to DOD impacted schools military pact at schools.
Where we had.
Kids with with high deployment rates and yet deployment stresses a big deal that even if you -- -- head injuries and he -- in in you've got a deadly combination -- Where were real short on time but Patricia how to folks out there help if they want to not just in terms of money because it's the armed forces foundation -- -- argue that.
-- but how do you help personally how do you devote some your time to this.
It's really what went into -- -- any need to go and -- you need to get these guys together with other groups of guys that they feel comfortable talking to you.
Can we literally don't foundation though it does your foundation help and David what do you need more and anything else right now.
You know I think everybody just sort of get on the Internet and do a little research -- TB I look -- TP TSD and the because of some awareness factor command structure still need to change from the from our military all the way to the Pentagon that the acceptance level still isn't where it should be.
So it's I think it's just a Smart -- of the general public and itself.
To accept these people when they came come -- and -- understanding of what they've been through absolutely David McArthur Patricia Driscoll.
Thank you for what you're doing both of you appreciate your coming here.
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