An Unprecedented Year

2020: What we Learned and Did

"Your heart is bigger than you will ever know." Tim McGraw


As this very challenging year draws to a close, we'd like to share with you the incredible things we accomplished in 2020-despite obstacle after obstacle. In our 2020 look back, honorary chair, Tim McGraw opens up the pictorial with a heartfelt message for the community we serve. The Tug McGraw Foundation is struck with deep gratitude for our sponsors, donors, volunteers, community and colleagues who linked arms with us in this unprecedented year. In a time when our programs were more important than ever, we thank all of you for helping us continue to improve quality of life for those affected by brain-related trauma and tumors-Through education, resources and brain wellness programs.


The pandemic forced us to get out of our comfort zone, it forced us to make tough decisions, it forced us to pivot and because of that we are now in a better position for 2021 and ready to go!


Ya Gotta Believe-Stay Tuned for our 2021 Roll Out!

We have been busy little bees-the best is yet to come

Tim McGraw Receives 

the Tom Hanks Caregiver Champion Award

Washington, DC (October 20, 2020) ⎯ The Elizabeth Foundation's Heroes and History Makers Event honored Tim McGraw the honorary chair of the Tug McGraw Foundation, the Tom Hanks Caregiver Champion Award. The award is in recognition of his outstanding support for military and veteran caregivers, the 5.5 million loved ones nationwide caring for a wounded, ill, or injured service member at home. The virtual event celebrated and honored caregivers for their heroic journeys. Including caregiver Beth Osborn for her dedication in caring for her brother, CSM Army veteran Royd Patterson who participated in Tug McGraw Foundation programs. Previous recipients include Actor and Hidden Heroes Campaign Co-chair Tom Hanks for whom the award was named and Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Tim McGraw is the third recipient.  Ya Gotta Believe! Thank you to all the caregivers-You all are truly Hidden Heroes! Thank you Elizabeth Dole Foundation for the important work you do for our nation's caregivers. 

"Ya Gotta Believe"

Our Mission and Approach

The Tug McGraw Foundation (TMF) was established by Tug McGraw in 2003 to enhance the quality of life for individuals diagnosed with debilitating neurological brain conditions such as brain tumors, mild-traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder. We believe in making connections and collaborating with others to better achieve our mission.  We do so through… 

Providing sustainable brain wellness and brain engaging programs that help improve cognitive functions, physical fitness, food choices, as well as spiritual and social connections
Sharing timely resources from our expansive, vetted and well connected network to help empower individuals, caregivers and their support network
Connecting and fostering collaboration across military and civilian medicine and technologies

 The Latest Brain -Related News and Articles of Interest

Special Ops has a Broken Culture with Explosive Breaching that can Lead to TBIs
Special Operations Command is using junk science in both it's studies on suicide and in the equations used for explosive breaching that lead to traumatic brain injury.  By Jack Murphy, October 9, 2020 

Read Full Article    Download Study


Nurture Trumps Nature in Determining Severity of PTSD Symptoms

Read Article: Researchers at Yale and elsewhere previously identified a host of genetic risk factors that help explain why some veterans are especially susceptible to the debilitating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A new Yale-led study published Sept. 30 in the journal Biological Psychiatry has now identified a social factor that can mitigate these genetic risks: the ability to form loving and trusting relationships with others. Yale News, October 2020


9/11 First Responders Have Higher Odds for Alzheimer's 

Read Article: First responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks appear to be at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease and dementia, new research suggests. U.S. News and World Report, July 2020

Civilian Medicine vs Military Medicine on Gliomas

Read Study: Survival among patients with glioma in the US military health system - a comparison with patients in the surveillance epidemiology and end results program-July 2020


A Better Understanding to Military's Blast Wave Injuries

View Dr. Perl, MD's presentation on the effects of blast traumatic brain injury and the human brain

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