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Gary Sinise Foundation funds UNC program to treat military vets with traumatic brain injuries

A $12.5 million gift from the Gary Sinise Foundation to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will fund a new initiative to treat veterans’ traumatic brain injuries.

The foundation’s Avalon Network is funding the program, as the network focuses on helping improve and transform the cognitive health and mental wellness of vets and first responders experiencing PTSD, brain injuries, and substance abuse.

The Matthew Gfeller Center at UNC will oversee the program:

The Transforming Health and Resilience in Veterans, or THRIVE, Program will be a community-based clinical outreach program designed to provide care to veterans who are experiencing the effects of traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress, resulting from a career serving our nation. The THRIVE Program will evaluate, diagnose and treat physical, cognitive and other health conditions in a month-long care program for approximately 140 veterans per year over the next 10 years. The program will provide a referral network and post-program follow-ups for as many as 400 veterans and family members every year when it is fully operational.

After a six-month building and pilot phase, the THRIVE Program is slated to begin full operations in January 2022. Veterans who want to learn more can email [email protected] or apply for care on the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network website.

Participants in THRIVE will be treated regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay. Among this veteran patient population, consideration will be given to individuals regardless of discharge status due to traumatic brain injury or psychological health conditions. These populations often have a particularly hard time accessing assistance and treatment.

Learn more at UNC Chapel Hill’s website.

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