Thousands of U.S. service members are affected by post-traumatic stress, or PTS, as a result of their time in combat. Many veterans also sustain traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs. When they return home, they may struggle with health conditions, such as anxiety, depression and substance use disorder.
Mild to moderate TBIs, PTS, anxiety, depression and substance use disorder are all invisible wounds of war. These conditions contribute to a suicide rate of more than 20 veterans per day, a figure that increases every year. Treating these veterans requires a comprehensive approach to care — one that gives our service members the expertise they deserve.
Thanks to a generous $12.5 million grant from the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network, the UF Health Jacksonville Leon L. Haley, M.D., Brain Wellness Program opened Nov. 19, and is dedicated to helping veterans and their families.
The Haley Brain Wellness Program also received generous donations from the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation, VyStar Credit Union and THE PLAYERS to help start this transformative effort in Northeast Florida — a region that is home to one of the largest military populations in the country, including Naval Station Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville.
Services are provided at no cost to military veterans.