Wonderfully stated. This has to be on the forefront of every neuroscientist’s mind.
Head injury in the military
In an excellent article on research being done to address Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the military, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch presents efforts being made to identify the extent of the problem.
According to researchers there are four kinds of TBI — mild, moderate, severe and penetrating. Since 2000, nearly 300,000 active-duty military personnel have been diagnosed with TBI.
It wasn’t until 2008 that the Department of Defense began to enforce a police of mandatory post-deployment screenings for TBI; and then, in 2010, a mandate for across the board screenings of all personnel exposed to a blast within 50 meters was enforced. The
numbers are truly alarming. Yet these numbers mark hope for these soldiers whose performance is impacted post-injury and whose lives as veterans are impacted negatively, both at work and at home.
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