According to a CNN article on January 17th, up to 20 percent of our troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan may have suffered from brain injuries, however due to lack of awareness they have not received treatment. Why is this happening? The Army says it’s because they have a difficult time identifying and treating the affected troops because the soldiers themselves don’t recognize the symptoms – so they go unreported.
In an effort to address these limitations the Army is now checking soldiers before and after deployment in an attempt to identify and treat individuals with a traumatic brain injury as soon as possible. The Army is also trying to teach soldiers traumatic brain injury symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, sleep disorders, nausea or memory problems, so that the individual soldier can seek treatment more quickly.