In recent years, the Afghan and Iraq Wars have increased the prevalence of migraine disease and headache disorders in veterans returning to the United States. In one study of 3,621 U.S. soldiers screened within 90 days of returning from a one-year combat tour in Iraq, soldiers were shown to have two to four times the incidence rate of migraine as compared to the general population.

This research and more like it has validated that men and women in the military are returning to civilian life experiencing migraine headaches due to conditions like Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Poorly managed migraine translates to a potentially huge impact on a patient’s quality of life—from missed or non-productive work days to lost family and personal time.

The National Headache Foundation feels that it is vital to reach out to these men and women who have served our country by providing resources to better understand and manage headache pain.

To do this, the NHF is proud to introduce the War Veterans Program. The program consists of an online resource guide that provides the top resources available to help military men and women cope with neurological trauma effectively. Periodically, the NHF will also provide information about the latest research, statistics and governmental assistance programs set in place during this crucial time.

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