FORT JACKSON, S.C. (March 13, 2014) -- According to the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, more than 168,000 Army personnel have sustained a traumatic brain injury since January 2000.

A brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, each year an estimated 1.7 million children and adults in the United States sustain a TBI, and approximately 795,000 people sustain an acquired brain injury, or ABI, from nontraumatic causes.

TBIs can affect the functionality of the brain, for example thinking, reasoning and memory. Whether the victim is an adult, a child or an infant, TBIs can have a major impact on patients and their families.

To raise TBI awareness, the Victory Care Clinic at Moncrief Army Community Hospital will staff an information booth in the hospital lobby from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. during the week of March 17. The Victory Care Clinic will also host an open house/drop-in from 1 to 2 p.m., March 19 to discuss TBI services offered at MACH and to provide materials related to brain injury. The open house/drop-in will take place at MACH, sixth floor, Room 23.

Brain Injury Awareness Month provides an opportunity to raise public interest and gives everyone an opportunity to work together to improve the quality of life for people with TBI. For more information about TBI or the services provided at MACH, call (803) 751-2869.