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Gary Sinise Announces Launch of the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network

The Gary Sinise Foundation is proud to announce the launch of the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network, a new nationwide cognitive health and mental wellness network providing transformative care to veterans and first responders experiencing post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and substance abuse.

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A Night at UF Health: Healing Invisible Wounds

To learn more about the need and approach of this program, please click here to watch a brief virtual salon...

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Photo Credit: U.S. Army Africa, Pfc. Craig Philbrick

Invisible Wounds

During their time on the battlefield, about 900,000 servicemen and servicewomen develop symptoms consistent with, or are diagnosed with, post-traumatic stress, or PTS. An estimated 560,000 service members sustain a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

Mild to moderate TBI, PTS, anxiety, depression and substance abuse are invisible wounds of war. These conditions contribute to a suicide rate of more than 20 veterans per day, a figure that has increased every year since 2002. Treating these veterans requires a comprehensive approach to care — one that gives our servicemen and servicewomen the expertise they deserve.

Photographed October 17, 2014, by U.S. Army Africa (USARAF), Pfc. Craig Philbrick, this image depicts military personnel, in support of Operation United Assistance, entering a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, about to depart en route to Cesco City, Liberia.

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Meeting The Challenge

The UF Health Brain Wellness Program – Jacksonville is an interdisciplinary treatment program for military veterans and other adults experiencing persistent health problems associated with mild to moderate TBI, along with associated behavioral health problems, such as PTS. In addition to serving veterans, UF Health Jacksonville will join efforts to establish new protocols for all patients affected by these conditions, including athletes and those in our surrounding community.

By leveraging our knowledge, experience and skills as an academic health center, we are uniquely positioned to establish a program in Jacksonville that delivers comprehensive solutions through research and innovative care to address and mitigate the mental health and traumatic brain injury crisis.

SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 02, 2008) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Arturo J. Adame holds his son during a homecoming celebration for the amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9)to Fleet Activities Sasebo. Denver is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, which serves under Task Force 76, the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed amphibious force commander. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua J. Wahl.

The Power of Philanthropy

With deep roots in our military city, and more than a century of life-changing care, UF Health Jacksonville's clinical programs of distinction offer integrated multidisciplinary care, medical and community education, and clinical research. We need visionary partners to expand these programs and achieve our big vision. Your support will unlock a transformational space for comprehensive mental health and traumatic brain injury care, allowing us to change the conversation around mental illness through leading research and comprehensive care.

Care Plan Examples

Full diagnostic assessment, plus individualized treatment plan and referral recommendations

Full diagnostic assessment, plus a three-week intensive on-site program (five days a week) using a wide spectrum of traditional and supportive therapies

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Raising Awareness About PTSD

Category: Education

June is PTSD Awareness Month, which offers a great opportunity to become educated about post-traumatic stress disorder, its symptoms and treatments.

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UF Health joins forces with Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network dedicated to assisting veterans and first responders

Category: Community

UF Health Jacksonville and one of the nation’s premiere institutions dedicated to helping veterans, first responders and their families — the Gary S...

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Moving Medicine Forward One Step at a Time

Category: Patient Care

There are great things in store for our enterprise in 2021. We are moving forward with future plans, upgrades and expansions across Jacksonville that put us clo...

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To establish and maintain a program at UF Health Jacksonville to diagnose, treat and provide rehabilitation to veterans and other patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries or PTS to improve health outcomes and quality of life.