Brain injury in youth is the leading public health crisis of our time. Concussions in sports have received the greatest amount of attention by the media; however, brain injuries can be caused by motor vehicle crashes, child abuse, falls, and gunshots as well as non-traumatic events like strokes, brain tumors, meningitis and seizure disorders.
I have been impressed with the depth of understanding that many of those on the Hill have about the issues affecting returning troops and their families. And it isn't just the members of the House and Senate who are passionate about caring for those coming home from war. Many of the staffers who work on the Hill are veterans themselves.
Violet may be back to work, our "honeymoon" over, but since I've "hired on" as Violet's three-day-a-week baby sitter, I still get to spend untold time with my daughter, my baby, my 34-year old baby, Violet Moon. It may never be possible to make up for lost time, but together, mother, daughter, granddaughter, we are writing a new ending. I am blessed.