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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Traumatic Brain Injury: Hidden Peril of U.S. Soldiers in Combat
It was mid-October 2011 and first platoon had already been fighting for its life for a few days. The 10 Afghans and 26 Americans had withstood repeated assaults by an estimated 300 to 500 insurgents who had crossed the border from bases in Pakistan. Fighters got within five meters of the platoon's battle positions — with some coming through the perimeter wire. They almost overran the position four times — something that has happened before in Kunar province, with deadly consequences. Now the insurgents had the position dialed in on their 82mm mortars.
This is an important story and we thank you for sharing this article about “one of the invisible wounds of war” that the U.S. Department of Defense has also referred to as being “one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq.” For the hundreds of thousands of veterans now suffering from at least mild versions of TBI, the signs of the injury are not as visible to the average person as they are with a veteran who has suffered a lost limb or severe burns. Nonetheless, we owe it to our men and women of the armed forces to provide them with every form of assistance available in recovering from these injuries.Post a Comment
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