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Letter: Brain injuries don’t discriminate

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. A brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone. Brain injuries do not discriminate—it doesn’t matter how old or young you are, what sex or race, or how rich or poor you are. A brain injury occurs at the rate of one every 18 seconds. More than 1.7 million people sustain a brain injury each year from a fall, a motor vehicle accident, a sports-related injury, or a medical event like a stroke. An injury that happens in an instant can bring a lifetime of physical, cognitive, and behavior challenges, but early and adequate access to care can greatly increase overall quality of life and make those challenges a little less difficult.

The Brain Injury Association of Virginia is proud to join advocates across the country to recognize March as Brain Injury Awareness Month, honoring the millions of people with brain injury who, with proper acute care, therapeutic rehabilitation, and adequate long-term supports, a...

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