The Wounded Warrior Project is marking its tenth anniversary with a new documentary series called Wounded: The Battle Back Home. The series continues with Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and Army Sergeant, Dennis Cabanting. %embed1%
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 warriors 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 follows 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 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT as part of “Taking the Hill” on MSNBC.