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Posted on: March 10, 2016

[ARCHIVED] March is Brain Injury Awareness Month: Blue Earth County Highlights Local Advocate Jay Walters

Each year the Brain Injury Association of American (BIAA) leads the brain injury community in raising awareness about brain injuries by designating the month of March as a time to recognize and support the millions of Americans who live with brain injuries.

Jay Walters, Blue Earth County Human Services Advisory Committee Chair, sustained a brain injury 22 years ago and is not only a strong local advocate for those who live with brain injuries, but a leader that provides expertise in serving the County and its citizens through his work.

“My goal as chair of the Human Services Advisory Committee is to ensure the department is run in a cost-effective manner and that Blue Earth County Human Services remains a leader that is known for its efficient operations while providing quality essential services,” stated Jay Walters. “I want others to know that despite having a brain injury, I’ve been able achieve goals I never thought possible and am proud to serve my County and hopefully spark further awareness about brain injuries.”

More than 2.5 million people in the United States sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year, and 1 million more experience strokes and other acquired brain injuries. At least 5.3 million Americans live with TBI-related disabilities at a cost of more than $76 billion each year.

People living with brain injuries want the same things we all want: a good job, someone to love, a nice home, and fun in their lives. They want to be defined by who they are as people, not by the challenges presented by their injuries.

They are not alone.

The theme for the March Brain Injury Awareness Campaign is: Not Alone. The Not Alone campaign provides a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. The campaign also lends itself to outreach within the brain injury community to de-stigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support that are available.

For more than 35 years, the Brain Injury Association of America has provided help, hope, and healing for millions of people after they experience the life changing and sometimes devastating effects of brain injury. The National Brain Injury Information Center (1-800-444-6443) is a resource that allows individuals to talk with compassionate, knowledgeable specialists who assist in locating rehabilitative, legal, financial, and other support services critical to maximizing recovery.

For more information, visit the BIAA website at http://www.biausa.org.

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