Veterans with Brain Injuries: Finding Help and Answers

When a Veteran is diagnosed with a brain injury, it may sound like a life sentence without parole. What has become the “signature wound” of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan has left many young men and women with a lifelong condition requiring specialized rehabilitation and extended treatment. Brain injury is not unique to today’s wars or even combat. Our warriors can experience brain injury in training and in other aspects of military life. These injuries require ongoing rehabilitation and supports to achieve stable, long term outcomes.

A Veteran who experienced a brain injury earlier or had multiple concussions may have greater problems as they age. This can take the form of mood and control problems, depression, anxiety, substance use, and disruptive relationships. These issues make it difficult for military personnel to adjust to returning home. Problems like anger, rage attacks, aggression, behavioral dyscontrol and disinhibition can accompany significant cognitive problems. It might seem overwhelming to veterans and their families, but there is hope!

Assistance with recovery is close to home

VA Assisted Living Programs

The Assisted Living- Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI) program was developed to provide specialized assisted living services to Veterans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. The AL-TBI pilot places Veterans that meet eligibility criteria in private sector TBI residential care facilities that specialize in neurobehavioral rehabilitation. Services are developed in order to increase their quality of life and their rehabilitation potential.

Neurobehavioral community based services refers to a specialized category of neuro-rehabilitation provided by a team of professionals, trained to work directly with individuals and their families to address specific goals related to cognitive, medical, behavioral, physical and psychological challenges that can occur as a result of a brain injury. Services are provided to optimize functioning of the individual by supporting the increase of physical capabilities and adaptive behaviors.

The goal of neuro-rehabilitation is to support an individual and their family to maximize their level of independence and ability to return to activities in their community that they find to be personally rewarding and supportive of their independence. 

Eligibility Criteria for CNR Services

After a formal VA referral is made, CNR will complete an evaluation assessment to determine if CNR can best meet the needs of the Veteran participant. The assessment would include meeting/communication with the Veteran, their family, their support system, medical providers and coordinator(s) to obtain comprehensive medical, psychosocial, required admission documentation.

Contact us today to schedule a tour of our facilities and talk with our professionals about how CNR can help by calling (515) 288-8222 or e-mail us at

For more information and resources to help Veterans and their families locate services regarding TBI programs and the Polytrauma/TBI System of Care, visit

Community NeuroRehab of Iowa (“CNR”) is honored to announce that it has been awarded a contract by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI).  CNR is one of only twenty providers receiving this award. Under the contract, CNR offers a wide range of services to Veterans designed to help them achieve their goals, by addressing specific cognitive, physical, behavioral, and psychosocial needs. Our programs are designed to assist each person to achieve their maximum potential and regain a life of independence, dignity and self-respect.

Recovery is maximized by providing a wide range of services designed to achieve individual goals.  Treatment components include:
  • A highly structured, supportive and professionally developed residential based program
  • Supervision and assistance with daily activities and social re-entry
  • Behavioral and cognitive rehabilitation
  • Physical strengthening and retraining
  • Dietary and nutritional consultation
  • Vocational and educational services
  • Family counseling and supports
CNR will work with the Veteran, their family and VA case manager to assist in the coordination of any additional services necessary to meet the Veterans rehabilitation goals.