‘WOUNDED: THE BATTLE BACK HOME’ RETURNS WITH Spanish Lake vet
New Episode Debuts Sunday, July 27 at noon (CDT) on MSNBC featurea Spanish Lake veteran
The monthly event and docu-series Wounded: The Battle Back, which profiles the harrowing stories of wounded veterans, returns July 27 with “Dennis.” Presented by Wounded Warrior Project®, the series highlights the 10th anniversary of the non-profit service organization and brings to life the experiences of wounded warriors suffering both visible and invisible wounds as they struggle to reclaim their post-war lives.
The series continues with Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and Army Sergeant, Dennis Cabanting of Spanish Lake. One month after arriving in country, Cabanting’s transportation unit came under insurgent attack in November 2006 from an improvised explosive device (IED). The shockwaves from the explosion turned Cabanting into a human pinball and caused a life-altering traumatic brain injury (TBI). Following the attack, Cabanting suffered bouts of memory loss, dizziness, and severe headaches that he hid from commanding officers out of fear that he would be discharged. Cabanting later saw a doctor once the symptoms became impossible to ignore and was diagnosed with TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Doctors also found signs of multiple sclerosis, which Cabanting feels was triggered by the TBI.
With his health failing, Cabanting was medically discharged and ultimately left in his mother’s care as the symptoms of multiple sclerosis became more pronounced. Cabanting’s mother had no idea where to find help and turned to Wounded Warrior Project. Now armed with support, Cabanting found assistance through Wounded Warrior Project’s Long-Term Support and Independence programs.
The Independence Program is designed for wounded veterans who rely on their families and caregivers due to severe injury, offering opportunities to access resources and activities in their community. The Long-Term Support Trust was developed to ensure services including life-skills training, home care, transportation, and additional resources remain available to the severely wounded who, upon the loss of their caregiver, is at risk for institutionalization. The goal of both programs is to empower each warrior to live as independently as possible, with the highest quality of life and the finest, most compassionate care.
Wounded: The Battle Back Home followed Cabanting in the days leading up to his 40th birthday as he prepares for a large party welcoming the community of supporters that have helped him in his flight to slow the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis.
Wounded: The Battle Back Home (“Dennis”) airs Sunday, July 27 at noon (Central time) as part of “Taking the Hill” on MSNBC.
About Wounded Warrior Project®
Wounded Warrior Project is recognizing its 10-year anniversary, reflecting on a decade of service and reaffirming its lifetime commitment to serving wounded veterans. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors — by raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, by helping injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and by providing unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org. Visit wwp10.org for more information on the 10-year anniversary.
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