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Colorado Connections is a statewide program of Denver Options that provides care coordination to children and adults with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Operation TBI Freedom provides intensive care coordination for returning military troops with brain injury and their families.

In both programs, care coordinators help survivors reach their best possible health and well-being. The Denver Options programs connect people to traditional and alternative therapies, find resources for home and vehicle modifications and identify long-term resource networks.

Colorado Connections helps children and adults:
• Connect to the right options at the right time
• Establish relationships with qualified providers to help improve
   quality of life
• Focus on urgent and long term needs
• Build supports and skills for now and the future
• Successfully help people reach their unique goals

Colorado Connections is funded through the Colorado Brain Injury Trust Fund. 

For information about Colorado Connections visit www.coloradoconnection.org or call 1-866-245-6600.

Operation TBI Freedom
Through private donations, Denver Options created a traumatic brain injury (TBI) program for active and veteran military who served in Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts and sustained a traumatic brain injury. Operation TBI Freedom helps returning military and their families:
• Help stabilizing crisis situations
• Access services through the VA
• Find qualified providers for medical and mental health care
• Increase self advocacy skills
• Support community reintergraton
Operation TBI Freedom is a privately funded program.

To learn more about Operation TBI Freedom visit www.OperationTBIFreedom.org or call 1-866-245-6600

For more information about Denver Options programs visit www.denveroptions.org or call 303-636-5600.

9News reporter Kim Christiansen featured a TBI survivor , Latoya Lucas on the 4'OClock show.

Seven years ago, Latoya was on her first and only tour of duty in Iraq. While on a supply mission, she nearly died, after a rocket-propelled grenade attack.

Lucas is the first woman from Fort Carson to be awarded a purple heart - she is also living with a traumatic brain injury.

She told 9News that "the doctors were so busy trying to save my life...I almost died on the tarmac on way to Walter Reed where I would spend the next 5 months as an in patient and where they discovered a traumatic brain injury."

Latoya is receiving assistance through the Operation TBI Freedom program. Her caregiver said that "when Latoya came to me she already had an abundance of self esteem and self confidence....my job - which I take personal being a marine myself is to get the man or woman moving and becoming a powerful impact in their community. A mission isn't complete until people get back to living their life...so yes they carry off their job -- at war and then they come home and there's another transition and I'm a part of that transitional work that happens in the life of an injured soldier."

Latoya wrote a book called "The Immeasurable Spirit" about "how we all get through life...adversity...all around me and how we perservered"

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