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Operation TBI Freedom

Operation Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Freedom at Craig Hospital

Operation TBI Freedom (OTF) is a program of Craig Hospital that provides support for veterans and active duty military personnel with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Operation TBI Freedom is located in Colorado Springs and offers case management services including crisis management, mental health referrals, classes, and emergency assistance for food and housing needs for veterans with traumatic brain injury. OTF supports many service members from Fort Carson. In the past eight years, the nonprofit has assisted more than 1,300 service members.

Services

  • Crisis management
  • Mentoring
  • Emergency financial assistance for food and housing needs
  • Employment training
  • Parenting classes
  • Mental health referrals
  • Assistance navigating complicated benefit processes
  • Medical care
  • Assistive technology devices

Statistics

​339,462​

U.S. service members diagnosed with TBI since 2000.

7,200

is the approximate number of Colorado service members who return from conflict with TBI

1,300

Colorado service members have received support from Operation TBI Freedom

Colorado Veterans Living with TBI

In Colorado alone, more than 7,200 veterans will return from conflict with a TBI. Traumatic brain injury is a serious, yet many times invisible, injury. For those with TBI, the transition to civilian life can be especially difficult. Operation TBI Freedom tailors a unique plan for each client that promotes optimum independence, productivity and successful reintegration into civilian life.

Eligibility for Operation TBI Freedom:

  • Served in any branch or component of the military at least one day on or after September 11, 2001.
  • Residing in Colorado.
  • Evidence or history of traumatic brain injury event(s).
  • TBI must have occurred after start of military service, whether active, reserve or Veteran status.

Referrals to Operation TBI Freedom can be made by the individual veteran, a community partner, a clinician, etc. If there is concern about cognitive dysfunction/impairment, yet no medical diagnosis of TBI, please refer the individual to Operation TBI Freedom to be screened by our trained staff.

Contact us

For more information or to apply for our assistance please call or email us.

Operation TBI Freedom
A Program Of Craig Hospital

Toll Free: (855) 355-6824
Email: OTF@craighospital.org
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/operationtbifreedom

Military Support Specialists

Soldiers Shaking Hands | Operation Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Freedom at Craig Hospital

Each Veteran is assigned a military support specialist (MSS) who is a veteran and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. The MSS begins with a comprehensive analysis of the veteran’s needs and concerns. It is the responsibility of the MSS to use all resources - the Veterans Administration, local government programs and private service providers - as efficiently as possible, ensuring no duplication of effort.

Operation TBI Freedom analyzes complex VA benefits, identifies potential benefit enhancements and assists the veteran in maximizing his or her access to healthcare and other benefits. Operation TBI Freedom has leveraged more than $5.5 million in services and therapies through our partnerships with military and community organizations.

Operation TBI Freedom Team Members

  • Susan Holmes, Program Manager; US Army, Military Spouse, 21 Years

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  • Frederick Hinton, Eligibility Specialist; US Army, 21 Years

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  • Michelle Bonkoski, Military Support Specialist; US Air Force, 24 Years

    Operation TBI Freedom

  • Tony Claiborne, Military Support Specialist; US Army, 26 years

    Operation TBI Freedom

  • Dennis Gerber, Military Support Specialist; US Army, 22 Years

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  • John Lenz, Military Support Specialist; US Air Force, 20 Years

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  • Tim Patrick, Military Support Specialist; US Army, 23 Years

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Funding

Operation TBI Freedom is a program of Craig Hospital and relies entirely on private donations.

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Upcoming Events

Join us at this year's Pickleball for Heroes!

100% of all proceeds will go to directly assist Colorado veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other combat-related injuries.

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