On August 23, the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs launched the Max Impact TBI App aimed at empowering veterans, family, friends and caregivers of veterans living with the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury.
MAX, is a virtual service dog designed to make an impact for Veterans who have experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury. Veterans can use a screening tool to determine whether symptoms may be related to a TBI, be connected with area providers who can help, learn how to manage symptoms and better relax, and connect with other veterans with TBIs all in the safety of their own home.
The app is available to download for free at iTunes and the Google Play Store.
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.wa.dva.maximpact
Or search for it on iTunes and/or Google Play store as just one word, “MaxImpact”
Of the 600,000 veterans who call Washington State Home, it is estimated that one in five have some level of a Traumatic Brain Injury.
Traumatic Brain Injury is an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force. Examples of external forces are falls, exposure to blasts, being hit in the head, sudden and violent change in air pressure and more.
It can be hard for individuals to determine whether symptoms are related to TBI and often they are attributed to other issues such as depression, anxiety or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The app may be a tool to help a Veteran seek treatment for TBI or learn how to better manage TBI symptoms.