Healing on the Homefront
This one-hour video is moderated by Retired Adjutant General Roger Lempke and produced by Nebraska Educational Television
A documentary portion of the program follows three veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as they, and their families, struggle to understand their loved ones' new world of brain injury. Their stories paint the picture of mild brain injury and shows there is nothing mild about it.
In the second half of the one hour program you meet Sgt. Trevor Stryker, a Marine Corps veteran from Grand Island who shares his story of his struggles with alcoholism and his eventual diagnosis of brain injury and PTSD.
Lempke also moderates a panel discussion describing the people and resources available in Nebraska to help returning service members, like Trevor, dealing with brain injury and PTSD. The panel includes:
- Ms. Bonnie Bessler, Nebraska National Guard Veteran and Transition Assistance Coordinator.
- Dr. Jill Champley, speech pathologist with the Polytrauma Support Clinic at Veterans Affairs.
- Mr. Travis Karr, Marine Corps Veteran & Veteran Student Coordinator for Central Community College.
This project was supported in part by TBI Implementation Partnership Grant #H21MC06758 from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The contents are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of DHHS.