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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, but they serve the entire state of Colorado. OTF offers case management services, including crisis management, medical and mental health referrals, employment/education assistance, psychosocial classes, emergency assistance for severe needs, and much more. OTF supports many service members from the multiple military installations and military communities throughout the state, to include Fort Carson, Peterson AFB, US Air Force Academy, Buckley AFB, and the Colorado National Guard.


  • Long-term case management
  • Crisis management
  • Mentoring/peer support
  • Emergency financial assistance for immediate & urgent needs
  • Employment training and assistance
  • Psychosocial education (to include parenting classes, financial classes, employment preparation, etc.)
  • Medical and mental health referrals and connection/introduction
  • Assistance navigating complicated benefit processes (both governmental and non-governmental)
  • Assistive technology resources


Colorado Veterans Living with TBI

In Colorado alone, more than 7,200 Veterans will return from conflict with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI is a serious, yet many times invisible, injury. For those with TBI, the return to a military career or transition into civilian life can be especially difficult. Operation TBI Freedom tailors a unique life plan for each client that promotes optimum independence and productivity. OTF walks the journey with the Veteran through recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.

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

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, to include the needs and concerns of his/her family and caregivers. It is the responsibility of the MSS to use all resources – the Veterans Administration, governmental programs and private sector programs/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 valuable resources. Operation TBI Freedom has leveraged more than $7.2 million in services and therapies throughout partnership with military and community organizations.

Operation TBI Freedom Team Members

  • Steve Smith Military Programs Coordinator

    Operation TBI Freedom

    US Army, 25 years

  • Glen Cooper Veteran Mentor

    Operation TBI Freedom

    US Army, 25 years

  • Nikki Gibson Administrative Specialist

    Operation TBI Freedom

    US Army, 8 years

  • Jesus Guerra Military Support Specialist

    US Army, 23 Years

  • Frederick Hinton Eligibility Specialist

    Operation TBI Freedom

    US Army, 21 Years

  • John Lenz Military Support Specialist

    Operation TBI Freedom

    US Air Force, 20 Years

  • Tim Patrick Military Support Specialist

    Operation TBI Freedom

    US Army, 23 Years


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

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