Retired Air Force Major Richard Briggs is the Manager of the Veterans Program for the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI). Major Briggs is responsible for managing the program’s primary goals of raising traumatic brain injury (TBI) awareness among Veterans and their families and facilitating a working relationship with the Veterans Administration and the Michigan Department of Military Affairs.
Prior to working with BIAMI, Major Briggs was introduced to the world of brain injury advocacy through his role as Promotions Director for Operation Helmet, a non-profit organization whose goal was to raise funds for Ballistic Liner Upgrade Kits for combatant’s helmets. Early on in the War on Terror, these kits helped reduce the impact of explosive shockwaves on the brain.
Major Briggs, who earned his Bachelor of the Arts from Michigan State University and Master of the Arts from Central Michigan University, enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1972 during the Vietnam War. He garnered his commission as Second Lieutenant in 1980 and held positions as a Strategic Air Command “Combat Aircrew” member, an Instructor Navigator, Wing Navigation Officer, Operations Officer, Flight Commander, Chief of Current Operations, and Bomb Group Executive Officer. He retired from the Air Force in 1994 after serving in Operation Desert Shield.
Advocacy for Veterans continues to be a passion for Major Briggs, as he also serves as Chair for the State of Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources Disability Accessibility Council, and Board Member for Honor for All and the Mi Vet Task Force faith based program. He is also an advisor to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs VISN 11 Traumatic Brain Injury Council, and the Operation Never Forgotten committee. Major Briggs also serves as Co-Chairman of the Communications sub-committee for the Traumatic Brain Injury – Resource Optimization Center Advisory Group for JBS International of Bethesda, Maryland.