New Video "Coming Home" Tells Story of Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury

November 11 is Veterans Day

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 10, 2010) - In recognition of Veterans Day and the sacrifices made by New York's veterans, State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., today announced the release of the video, "Coming Home", a personal view into the lives of veterans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the services available to help in their recovery.

"This video is a moving tribute to the sacrifices veterans and service members have made and the challenges faced by those who have experienced a traumatic brain injury," said Commissioner Daines. "This video will benefit all individuals with TBI and their family members, as well as those who have served in the military."

The video was produced by the Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) in cooperation with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"I wish to thank the Department of Health and BIANYS for the work they have done to raise awareness about traumatic brain injury, an all too common injury sustained by members of our troops in the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan," said William Kraus, Acting Director of the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs. "This video will increase awareness and understanding of the effects of TBI and what many veterans face after they return from combat."

"Coming Home captures -- in their own words -- the courage and resilience of veterans who sustain a TBI in service to their country and how that changes their lives and the lives of their families," said BIANYS Executive Director Judith Avner.

The video is narrated by Lee Woodruff, author and wife of ABC News Reporter Bob Woodruff, who sustained a head injury in 2006 while covering the war in Iraq when the Army tank he was riding in was hit by a roadside bomb; and by Dave Hughes, an advocate for individuals with TBIs who sustained a brain injury in 1992, shortening his once successful radio career.

Copies of the DVD and further information may be obtained from the Brain Injury Association at 1-800-228-8201.

See Part 1 of Coming Home at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ5o1ykjqxU
See Part 2 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJqecxAd99o

Information about traumatic brain injuries is available on DOH's Web site at http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/injury_prevention/traumatic_brain_injury/ and on the BIANYS Web site at www.bianys.org

Information on assistance available for returning veterans in New York State is available from the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs at: http://www.veterans.ny.gov/