Caring for Combat Injured and Their Families


Photo courtesy of the Courage to Talk website.

Courage to Care, Courage to Talk is a new attempt to raise awareness about the needs of wounded military and their families. The campaign reaches out to health care professionals, friends, families and the general public.

A combat injury is a life altering event for a wounded service member but also for a spouse and children. According to the Courage to Talk website, the number of “combat injury” affected families is “significant.” So, the campaign was created to help families deal with the physical and emotional trauma that can accompany combat injuries.

The Courage to Care, Courage to Talk campaign focuses specifically on ways to communicate and resolve issues related to combat injuries. There are three areas of interest: 

In addition to tip sheets on those topics, the website also lists ongoing research related to combat injuries and families. The campaign also offers health care providers posters and brochures to help spread the word about available resources.

Courage to Care, Courage to Talk is the brainchild of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, part of the Uniformed Services University,
and a partnering center of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

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