WHEREAS, a concussion is a form of a traumatic brain injury (TBI); and
WHEREAS, concussions affect millions of Americans every year regardless of age, race, gender, or ethnicity, and result from a multitude of causes, including falls, accidents, sports and recreation, motor vehicle crashes, military action or IED blasts, intimate partner or domestic violence, abuse, assault, gunshot wounds, and other trauma; and
WHEREAS, the designation “mild Traumatic Brain Injury” does not accurately predict the prognosis and recovery, as a minority of patients will have lifelong impacts of concussion; and
WHEREAS, approximately 1 out of 4 American soldiers who served in Iraq or Afghanistan have suffered a traumatic brain injury, which relates to higher rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and suicidal ideation which creates a dire need to protect our active military, veterans, and their families as they continue to serve or assimilate back into civilian society; and
WHEREAS, more than 28,000 Virginians will sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury this year, and more than 128,000 Virginians remain disabled due to these brain injuries; and
WHEREAS, many more patients will remain undiagnosed and untreated due to lack of medical resources, funding, and/or awareness; and
WHEREAS, the critical understanding, prevention, and treatment of these injuries will directly stem from increased public awareness;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 20, 2019, as NATIONAL CONCUSSION AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.