Melissa Hooppaw, a veteran of the current Iraq war, suffered a mild traumatic brain injury in 2004. Two years and one deployment later, residual effects of the injury left the veteran unable to hold a job. Despite her Brain injury, armed with time on her hands and nothing more than a high school art background, Melissa began making crafts out of old furniture and selling them on the side. According to a 2008 study, one in five returning veterans has been exposed to a blast which may have an effect on the brain’s functioning. To read more about this brain injured veteran, please click here.