Brain Injuries Remain Undiagnosed in Thousands of Soldiers
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 8, 2010
The NPR and ProPublica investigation, however, indicates that the military waited for soldiers to seek medical attention, rather than actively seeking to evaluate those in blasts. If you were treated in Military Medical as a Civilian Contractor you were not screened for TBI. AIG and CNA are denying screening based on a “lack of medical evidence” that you need screening.
The military medical system is failing to diagnose brain injuries in tens of thousands of soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many of them receive little or no treatment for lingering health problems, despite years of promises, an investigation by ProPublica and NPR has found.
WASHINGTON, D.C.–The military medical system is failing to diagnose brain injuries in troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom receive little or no treatment for lingering health problems, an investigation by ProPublica and NPR has found.
So-called mild traumatic brain injury has been called one of the wars’ signature wounds. Shock waves from roadside bombs can ripple through soldiers’ brains, causing damage that sometimes leaves no visible scars but may cause lasting mental and physical harm.
Officially, military figures say about 115,000 troops have suffered mild traumatic brain injuries since the wars began. But top Army officials acknowledged in interviews that those statistics likely understate the true toll. Tens of thousands of troops with such wounds have gone uncounted, according to unpublished military research obtained by ProPublica and NPR. Read the whole story at Propublica