For centuries, our soldiers, sailors, and marines have undergone rigorous training and participated in combat operations worldwide, making the United States military one of the most formidable forces globally. However, the realism of training and continuous combat deployments since 9/11 has brought forth a new risk: mental illness resulting from repeated head injuries (RHI) or blast exposure.

Recent studies by the VA have linked veteran psychiatric conditions to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), primarily focusing on combat and PTSD.

However, the connection between RHI, mTBI, blast exposure, and mental illness remains insufficiently disseminated. The Mac Parkman Foundation aims to raise awareness within the military community about these links, given that more than 20 veterans take their lives daily, with millions more suffering from mental illness.
Understanding these risks is crucial for veterans to recognize impairment from a causal perspective, not fear. Therapy and medication offer partial relief, but holistic treatments promoting brain health and healing are essential. While promising treatment options exist, they are not readily available through standard channels. Our foundation seeks to bridge this gap by providing information and support to veterans with blast exposure/RHI-related brain disorders, empowering them to take proactive steps towards healing their brains and restoring their quality of life.
Stay tuned to this page for updates on available options and information for veterans, their families, and providers, as we strive to enhance brain health and well-being within the military community.