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Benefits of Volunteering After a Brain Injury

Benefits of Volunteering After a Brain Injury

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Hey guys, it's Adam, and I recently got an email from a retired Marine Corps officer who was injured in Iraq, sustained a traumatic brain injury and some other physical injuries. He has been rehabilitating himself using the different military and VA facilities. He's ready to start giving back, feeling a little bit empty inside, looking to reengage society and reengage others who are in similar situations. He and his wife are trying to find volunteer activities. Why are they trying to find volunteer activities--is really the question. Volunteering is a great way to reengage and begin to participate in things you like to do again, because, one, there are no expectations. When you're volunteering, you can give as little or as much as you'd like, and you're still going to be able to really feel the contribution and help other people. Also, there are so many fun activities out there that you can participate in. There's camping, there are fishing trips, there are hunting trips, even, with other veterans who have similar injuries or, for example, traumatic brain injury. There are veteran groups out there who take a group of TBI survivors out on a fishing trip, and they'll go up to the mountains or to a lake, something for a while, and then they'll come back. So it's really a bonding experience. It really helps people feel integrated into society in a very non-threatening way. Another way that volunteering can be empowering is because you're able to share your experiences and some of the obstacles and triumphs that you've had with other people. You're able to share--manage their expectations, share your experiences, as well as share some of the outcomes that, hopefully, they can expect one day as well. So take a look at volunteering. Go out, Google "volunteer activities for veterans," or "disabled veterans support groups," and find some people who are like-minded like you and want to get in or maybe they're already doing something. That way, you can feel like you're participating, and you can have an effect on other people who are just starting their journey of recovery. Thanks so much.

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Volunteering is a great way to reengage in the world and to be with other veterans with similar issues from TBI, says Adam. Whether going on a fishing or camping trip, volunteering offers a way to bond with others like you and have fun at the same time.

 
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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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