Navy SEAL Becomes Scientist to Help Veterans with TBI

Posted on August 11, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Compassion and understanding of veterans is a necessary component of the treatment of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) suffered during military service. Perhaps the best way for researchers to understand the impact and mechanics of post-TBI life is to have suffered a TBI themselves. That level of understanding is what former Navy SEAL Morgan Luttrell is seeking to attain and provide to others.

Luttrell is no stranger to combat wounds, especially traumatic brain injury. During a training exercise in 2009, he was in a helicopter crash that resulted in spinal fractures and a severe TBI. After months of healing, he returned to active duty until his spinal cord damage finally caught up to him, ending with a medical discharge in 2014.

Having seen the direct impact of TBI on life after service, Luttrell became determined to learn more about cognitive science and TBI therapy. After participating in clinical trials for brain injury recovery at the University of Texas at Dallas’ (UTD) School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, he decided to go back to school.

Luttrell holds a Master’s degree in applied cognition and neuroscience and is pursuing a doctorate in cognitive neuroscience. During his studies, he is actively working to find the best treatments for veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI.

Along with acquiring knowledge to help his fellow veterans, he is also working with the Boot Campaign fundraising group. The Boot Campaign’s ReBOOT fundraising initiative seeks to send more veterans to UTD’s Center for BrainHealth for care.

Anyone Can Help a Disabled Veteran in Need

You do not have to be a doctor or a Navy SEAL to help a disabled veteran in need. Raising awareness about veterans’ health problems and other issues such as homelessness and suicide are steps anyone can take to help our veteran population.

If you know any veterans suffering from disabling health conditions that might be caused by their military service, have them contact the Disability Help Group today to schedule a free consultation with one of our disability advocates: 800-800-2009.