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Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Effective Date: Sunday, March 1st, 2009

WHEREAS, an estimated 5.3 million Americans currently live with disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injury (TBI). Every year, 80,000 individuals experience the onset of long-term disability following a brain injury.

WHEREAS, brain injury can affect a person cognitively, physically, emotionally, and behaviorally. Consequences can include short and long-term memory loss, double or low vision, headaches or migraines, fatigue, increased anxiety, depression and mood swings, and impulsive behavior.

WHEREAS, the three leading causes of brain injury are motor vehicle accidents, violence, and falls.

WHEREAS, the effects of brain injury are devastating emotionally and financially to families.

WHEREAS, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health, the lead state agency for TBI, in close collaboration with the Alaska Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Network, the Division of Public Health, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the Alaska Mental Health Board, the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, and the Alaska Commission on Aging are all working together toward the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury in Alaska.

WHEREAS, public awareness of the extent, consequences, and causes of brain injury is critical to the prevention of these injuries and will enhance the recovery process for persons with brain injury.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the state of Alaska, do hereby proclaim
March 2009 as:

Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

in Alaska, and encourage everyone to remember those with brain injuries and to become more informed about traumatic brain injury.

Dated: February 24, 2009

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