SILVER SPRING, Md., Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A car collision left John Sharpe in a coma for 40 days, and doctors weren't sure if he would ever wake up. Through treatment with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Sharpe made a full recovery from a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), and now, as a VA counselor, he helps others who have sustained TBIs.
The former Air Force staff sergeant shares his story in a new video released today in recognition of Warrior Care Month by A Head for the Future, a TBI awareness initiative from the Department of Defense. The video is available online at dvbic.dcoe.mil/aheadforthefuture and on the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury's YouTube channel. Sharpe's first memory when he woke up was hearing that he might need 24/7 care for the rest of his life. He started therapy through the VA Polytrauma System of Care. Sharpe credits his successful recovery to his health care providers, who encouraged and motivated him. Today, 25 years after the car crash, Sharpe serves as a peer counselor, helping service members and veterans with TBI overcome the same challenges he faced.