Traumatic Brain Injury Veterans Health Registry - Public Health
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Traumatic Brain Injury Veterans Health Registry

The VA Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Veterans Health Registry contains information about Veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), or Operation New Dawn (OND); showed symptoms associated with TBI; and sought care or benefits from VA.

Veterans in the registry meet any one or a combination of these conditions:

  • Screened positive on the VA TBI Screen that is administered when a Veteran seeks VA health care
  • Had a TBI related diagnostic code in their electronic medical record
  • Applied for benefits for TBI as shown in the VA disability benefit file

Read the latest TBI report (379 KB, PDF) which contains data from October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2013.


As of September 2013, the TBI registry contained data on 221,895 Veterans.

Of the 185,437 Veterans who completed the VA TBI screen:

  • 78% indicated they were exposed to a traumatic event, experienced a loss or alteration of consciousness, and, at the time of the screening, continued to experience symptoms associated with TBI
  • 22% reported that they had already been diagnosed as having TBI during their OEF/OIF/OND deployment

Among Veterans who answered the VA TBI screening questions and who had a confirmed TBI diagnosis from a VA clinical evaluation:  

  • 77% reported blast injuries
  • 52% reported loss of consciousness
  • 40% reported posttraumatic amnesia

  • 81% experienced a mild TBI
  • 9% experienced a moderate TBI
  • 6% experienced a severe TBI

Of the 77,665 Veterans in the registry who filed a TBI related VA benefits claim:

  • 6% received a benefit of 50% or more
  • 51% received a benefit of 50% or less
  • 44% were determined to be non-service connected

The construction of the registry and its maintenance is mandated by Congress.


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