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The Invisible Wounded

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on November 11, 2009

By Paul Fredericks

Experts think as many as 800 of them are walking around Idaho. They’re walking around with serious wounds. Wounds you cannot necessarily see with the naked eye.

They’re called The Invisible Wounded. They’re servicemen and women coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan with Traumatic Brain Injuries, or TBI.

“But at first, I was like so angry,” DeWayne Mayer says.

DeWayne Mayer of New Plymouth is one of the invisible wounded. He served with the National Guard’s 116Th Combat Brigade in Iraq. He says he was in vehicles hit by roadside bombs.

“We hit something,” he says. “Some people said that we rolled four times. Some people said twice. I don’t know myself.”

But, DeWayne survived. And he came back home in 2006.

“When I first got home, it was a pain in the butt,” he says. “I was like ‘man, I can’t even do this.’ You know, a lot of things. It was like ‘I can’t do this.’ I couldn’t figure out what was wrong.”

DeWayne realized he could not do simple tasks, like running remembering how to run a dishwasher. It was not until he had been home for a year, that he was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury.

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