Military Still Unsure About Blast Effects

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Today I received yet another call from a VA social worker looking for services in Oklahoma. She was complaining that a veteran in Oklahoma shouldn't be going all the way to Dallas for outpatient brain injury rehabilitation, but that the military offered no other solutions for her case. It's another sad demonstration of the complex social issues that arise from TBI.

In other recent news, a military doctor readily admits the cognitive complexities resulting from blast-related brain injuries:

"We're still trying to figure out exactly what this injury is, what exactly is the problem in the brain," said Col. Jonathan Jaffin, acting commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick, Md.

Symptoms include short-term memory loss, faulty concentration, irritability, changed vision and headaches, among others. And problems vary from person to person. On top of that, brain injuries can be mistaken for other disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder or substance abuse.

Technology can't yet clarify matters. Mild brain injuries rarely get detected on MRIs and other imaging tools."

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