Article by Andrea Park, CBS News
Montel Williams was once best known for his talk show, “The Montel Williams Show,” but in recent years the TV personality has become known as a vocal advocate for various causes, including veterans’ issues, multiple sclerosis awareness and medical marijuana.
Williams is also now standing up for traumatic brain injury patients in a partnership with Tackling TBI. He talked to CBS News about why the cause is important to him and how he now feels about Donald Trump, whom he once declared a “clear and present danger.”
How did you get involved with Tackling TBI?
I‘m a board member for the Fisher House Foundation and deeply involved in vets’ issues and have been for the last eight years and very vocal about it. I was visiting troops in Walter Reed and around the country on a monthly basis, and almost every soldier I saw at Reed came from Afghanistan or Iraq, and despite the fact that they were in the hospital for an amputation, gun blast, explosion — almost every one of them had suffered some form of concussion or TBI, so I got involved back then after learning about some research.
You need therapy for concussions and TBIs, and it’s been hit or miss — there’s not that great of a treatment and we haven’t been doing enough trials. I want to make people aware of the fact that there is possibility and hope through clinical trials, so that’s the partnership with the Brain Injury Association of America and PathwaysToTBI.com, so people have a place to go to.
Over 130 people die from some form of TBI every single day so we have this ticking time bomb in our society and we’re tackling other diseases, but we have over 300,000 soldiers from the last 10 years with a TBI, and there’s nothing people can do but hope could be here if we can get clinical trials.