Brannan Vines

(Advocate, Non-Profit Founder, Veteran Spouse)

Army Veteran Caleb Vines served in the Operation Iraqi Freedom war from 2002-2007. During Caleb’s enlistment, he served two tours of duty in Iraq and sustained multiple close calls with various explosive devices resulting in traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and physical injuries. Their daughter, Laney, was born during his last deployment. Veteran Vines returned home to his wife and newborn daughter from combat theatre, with an undiagnosed Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Mr. and Mrs. Vines experienced many challenges after combat including coping with an unknown diagnosis and transitioning back into a civilian environment.

Mrs. Vines remained committed to helping her husband cope with these post military issues, as well as seeking assistance for her own needs as a full time Caregiver. Mrs. Vines connected to peer support groups and other organizations to gain a better understanding of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. To address their own need, and help the countless other military and veteran families struggling with life after combat, Mrs. Vines started a small website (FamilyOfaVet.com) in July 2007 to help others find relevant, bare-bones information about how to cope when the battlefield follows a hero home. This personal journey inspired her to establish, Family of a Vet, Inc, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping Veterans and their family cope with PTSD, TBI, and life after combat. through real-world, plain language education and resources for heroes, families, and communities

The family has made great progress in managing Mr. Vine’s care and serving as a support to other Caregivers of Heroes.

That website has since grown into a thriving non-profit organization with volunteers in 36 states and 3 countries that helps thousands of heroes and families each month. Brannan Vines is now a nationally recognized advocate for veterans and those who love them on the subjects of PTSD, TBI, and the challenges heroes, loved ones, and communities face in life after combat.