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Military Failing to Diagnose Traumatic Brain Injuries

A vast majority of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Traumatic Brain Injuries that remain undiagnosed.  The military has apparently taken the position that where there is no visible evidence of head trauma, there can be no brain injury.  However, medical fact proves otherwise. The study of brain injury has proven that the ripple effects of shockwaves that pass through the human brain as a result of a bomb blast, cause significant and long-term effects on the human brain.  Pursuant to a recent NPR publication, the military figures demonstrate that approximately 115,000 troops have suffered mild traumatic brain injuries since the war began.  According to the NPR article, shockwaves can pass through helmets, skulls and through brains, damaging cells. Secondary trauma can follow, such as propelling a soldier’s body onto the ground, or into a wall, as a result of a blast, which can cause shaking of the brain.  These soldiers return home and discover that they have difficulty concentrating, have memory loss, and experience difficulties completing simple tasks.   Without a diagnosis, these Veterans are unable to obtain VA services and medical care they plainly need and more importantly, that the VA is mandated to provide.