Friday, September 30, 2011

Brain Trauma Or Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries Will Be Felt For Decades

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Invisible Injuries Of War To Be Felt For Decades -- Stars and Stripes

Sixty-six percent of the most seriously wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have “invisible” injuries of brain trauma or post-traumatic stress, which their families and society will be dealing with at great cost for decades, said Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the Army’s vice chief of staff.

“The truth is, because we don’t see these injuries…they don’t receive the same level of attention as amputations, burns, shrapnel injuries,” Chiarelli said. “There is simply a bias – and I really mean that -- there is a bias either conscious or subconscious toward invisible wounds and injuries…It exists everywhere including in the medical community.”

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My Comment: I completely concur. My father and his World War II buddies suffered with these injuries until they past away. Bottom line .... severe brain trauma and injuries last forever, and we should be prepared for that.

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