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'One In Five US Servicemen Has Brain Injury'
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Damien McElroy

Posted on 04/17/2008 8:21:36 PM PDT by blam

'One in five US servicemen has brain injury'

By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Last Updated: 3:26am BST 18/04/2008

The psychological toll of America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has touched one in five servicemen and its consequences will be long-lasting, a study suggested yesterday.

The Rand Corporation, a leading research operation, said that 320,000 soldiers suffered brain injuries on the battlefield, while more than 300,000 suffered mental disorders on returning home.

The report said that US veterans are incurring "invisible wounds" of war, most notably traumatic brain injury. A survey of 1,926 soldiers represented a statistically significant sample of the 1.6 million troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, Rand said.

Roadside bombs were responsible for a vast number of injuries never fully diagnosed or treated in modern warfare, according to the report's authors.

It found that 19.5 per cent of the returning soldiers were reported to have experienced a "probable brain injury" during deployment but only 57 per cent of those had seen a doctor about the incident.

The report added there was a similar picture of mental health problems: "Among those who met diagnostic criteria for post traumatic stress disorder or major depression, only 53 percent had seen a physician or mental health provider to seek help for a mental health problem in the past 12 months."

Rand called for stronger support for veterans from the military's medical hierarchy. "There is a major health crisis facing those men and women who have served our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Terri Tanielian, the lead researcher.

"Unless they receive appropriate and effective care for these mental health conditions, there will be long-term consequences for them and for the nation. Unfortunately, we found there are many barriers preventing them from getting the high-quality treatment they need.

Researchers predicted that 300,000 servicemen, or 18.5 per cent of those sent to fight, would suffer long-term depression or other mental health conditions.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brain; injury; oefveterans; oifveterans; psychology; ptsd; servicemen; us

1 posted on 04/17/2008 8:21:36 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

bullcrap


2 posted on 04/17/2008 8:27:03 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: blam

Correction: One in five liberals has permanent brain damage.


3 posted on 04/17/2008 8:29:04 PM PDT by tioga
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To: blam

The husband of the lead author of the study is a big Dem contributor. No surprise where her bias lies....


4 posted on 04/17/2008 8:31:57 PM PDT by CivilWarguy (CivilWarGuy)
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To: blam

The VA is moving forward at a phenomenal rate and there is TONS of money going into this very problem. ACCESS to immediate care is a top priority! There is now a national VA mandate that any veteran who calls for help with an emotional or substance abuse problem must be seen by a professional within 24 hours! Moreover there are many professional support services in place to follow , track and outreach to veterans to see they get the care they need.

Our country has learned the lessons from not dealing with these issues after WWII, Korea, Vietnam. I am very proud of the efforts and care we are now taking. It is needed.


5 posted on 04/17/2008 8:34:21 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie ( WE NEED A TROOP SURGE IN LOS ANGELES !)
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To: pissant
Roadside bombs were responsible for a vast number of injuries never fully diagnosed or treated... but only 57 per cent of those had seen a doctor about the incident.

This is highly speculative since 43% were never diagnosed. I don't see how anything significant can be inferred with such a huge assumption and no data to support it.

6 posted on 04/17/2008 8:37:38 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: blam

They just want to label all veterans as crazy so they won’t run for Congress and shake up Washington.


7 posted on 04/17/2008 8:38:11 PM PDT by donna (McCain answers the red phone: "Hola!")
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To: blam
Number my son among those injured. He will admit to us of being blown off his feet “8 or 9” times.

When he got home from his second Iraq tour, his memory was so bad he carried a small note book for those everyday thing You and I remember easily.

The local VA has gone out of their way to provide SUPER care, with caring professionals. A vet myself, I am beyond impressed - these guys locally bust hump for the young men coming home with problems.

Just over a year on, son now works regulatory, and even has a *dog* (named Booze) — a Bassett Hound.

8 posted on 04/17/2008 8:48:57 PM PDT by ASOC (Training Storungen werden auf Papier notiert. Taktische Storungen werden im Stein geatzt. Gen Rommel)
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To: blam

They are trying to temper the victory that is soon to be in Iraq. They couldn’t cause an American defeat so they put a different negative spin on the situation. I hope the American electorate sees through this ploy.


9 posted on 04/17/2008 8:54:52 PM PDT by Know et al (Everything I know I read in the newspaper and that's the reason for my ignorance. Will Rogers)
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To: pissant

“bullcrap”

I think we should be respectful and supportive of the brave men and women who have volunteered to fight for us in Iraq.


10 posted on 04/17/2008 9:02:11 PM PDT by onguard
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To: blam

WHOOHAH!
1 in 5 Journalists has some EEG? Nah!
That’s too high!


11 posted on 04/17/2008 9:06:24 PM PDT by acapesket (never hWhooad a vote count in all my years here)
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To: ASOC

Good to hear.

I just read a passage from Robert Kaplan’s book “
Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground”. One of the stories he tells is about a 37 year old Marine LT who enlisted in the USMC out of high school, then got out and went through a bunch of jobs before re-enlisting at the age of 34.

He was then offered a pathway to become an officer, which he did.

His first job was to work at Bethesda and make sure injured Marines got every single benefit to them that was available.

He said it was the best job of his life.

With men like these, I like our chances in the 21st Century.


12 posted on 04/17/2008 9:07:08 PM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: ASOC
It's not just memory. Repeated concussions, or one big one, can lead to emotional, as well as intellectual and neuro-motor problems. A small, but significant, percent of pro football players show similar problems. A bit of damage to a small area in the brain can lead to large changes.
13 posted on 04/17/2008 9:09:10 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("Ah! but it was something to have at least a choice of nightmares.")
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To: blam
Researchers predicted that 300,000 servicemen, or 18.5 per cent of those sent to fight, would suffer long-term depression or other mental health conditions.

Can't have the researchers be wrong, now, can we?

/s

14 posted on 04/17/2008 9:10:56 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: onguard; pissant

-what is disrespectful about saying this article is full of bull? nothing.


15 posted on 04/17/2008 9:17:04 PM PDT by tioga
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To: Smokin' Joe
Can't have the researchers be wrong, now, can we?

Not with their research grants at stake, we can't!

16 posted on 04/17/2008 9:21:00 PM PDT by JennysCool (They all say they want change, but they’re really after folding money.)
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To: donna

My thoughts eggs-ackly. They must have heard about the 17 is it? conservative veterans running for Congress.


17 posted on 04/17/2008 9:23:13 PM PDT by Let's Roll (As usual, following a shooting spree, libs want to take guns away from those who DIDN'T do it.)
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To: ASOC

Thanks to your son ~ and your entire family for their service to our country and for the protection of my children.

Your son and his comrades are in our prayers.

God bless.


18 posted on 04/17/2008 9:26:10 PM PDT by incredulous joe
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To: blam

Many victims of disasters report temporary memory loss (or the opposite of remembering events over and over). It is a natural process and it isn’t due to any physical damage to the brain, but due to the natural limitations of the mind when trying to process information and memories under stress.


19 posted on 04/17/2008 9:40:24 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Ask me again tomorrow.)
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To: onguard; tioga

one in five with a brain injury?? That is well beyond defying any logic or probability


20 posted on 04/17/2008 9:51:28 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: blam

Untreated brain injuries? If they were untreated how do they know the extent of the injury.


21 posted on 04/17/2008 9:54:07 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obama: America is the greatest country on the earth, Help me bring change.)
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To: blam; All

More garbage from the UK newspapers. The Telegraph is the worst of a very bad lot.


22 posted on 04/18/2008 12:09:09 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough)
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To: tioga

As an Iraq vet who is typing this reply with 11 other Iraq vets in the room, I’d have to agree with you. All but one of us was in combat multiple times and we have yet to have any “Brain Injuries”! I understand that a lot of people do suffer from PTSD, but I sincerely believe that the numbers are overblown.


23 posted on 04/18/2008 12:09:54 AM PDT by thewitz2
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To: ASOC

Prayers for your son, your family, and for his continued smooth recovery.

We owe him so very much.


24 posted on 04/18/2008 12:18:25 AM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: JennysCool
What really upsets me about this is that returning troops from Vietnam were characterized, en masse, by the media as drug-addicted crazed murderous psychopaths, and if they didn't appear that way, then they were characterized as being like a time bomb, just ticking away.

It cost guys I knew jobs--the app got tossed when the prospective employers read the military service. One I knew finally got a job when he wrote on the app that he had "been bumming around the country" for the two years he was in.

Here we go again?

Don;t get me wrong, if someone has a problem, it is good that they get help. At least to understand what is going on and how to compensate to work around all the symptoms of a major concussion, something that takes time to recover from.

I found that out after a car accident, thirty years ago.

I also know extended periods of sleep deprivation coupled with nutritional deficiencies can do the same thing: Loss of short term memory, irritability, cognitive disability, inability to concentrate, even personality changes. The symptoms go away faster, but are quite similar.

Beneath this all, though, is the dark idea that the anti-gun folks in this country are doing all they can to ensure that as few people as possible have access to firearms, and that they will try to use this against our veterans who do seek help in order to keep them from having a firearm as a civillian.

25 posted on 04/18/2008 12:43:49 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: thewitz2

SALUTE


26 posted on 04/18/2008 2:30:30 AM PDT by larryjohnson (FReepersonaltrainer,USAF(Ret))
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To: Smokin' Joe
"Beneath this all, though..."

And there's a connection:

IL Dept of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth

27 posted on 04/18/2008 2:37:04 AM PDT by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: ASOC

Please thank your son for his service to our country and to us. I will pray that he will continue to improve and that he will have a long and happy life. God bless you all.


28 posted on 04/18/2008 3:32:12 AM PDT by Mila
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To: onguard
I think we should be respectful and supportive of the brave men and women who have volunteered to fight for us in Iraq.
Exactly. And the way you show respect for someone is to herald his return from the war by trumpeting the idea that he just might not be right in the head. </sarcasm>

29 posted on 04/18/2008 10:26:12 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The Democratic Party is only a front for the political establishment in America - Big Journalism.)
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To: blam

If true it is really a sad tale.

What about our elected officals, are they also brain damaged or just don’t give a sh** about those who elected them.

Then again, what about those who keep electing the same arrogant, lying theives to office.


30 posted on 04/18/2008 11:27:13 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: VanShuyten

The VA xrayed, CAT scanned and NRI’d his head 7 ways from Sunday - they found what they thought was an area damaged by all the “BIG BANG” stuff he went thru.

About 18 months later, they did it all again, this time with some really high power, out of town talent to read the films.

The damaged area has (healed/gotten better/gone away) not been seen on the new films - that coupled with his ablity to ‘walk and chew gum at the same time’ (family joke) has allowed him to be upgraded to only 50% disabled ( he had other injuries) — to say the least we are all a lot happier now.

Now, if he just find a nice gal and settle down....

And thanks to all for your kind words, I’ll pass them along.


31 posted on 04/18/2008 8:39:56 PM PDT by ASOC (Training Storungen werden auf Papier notiert. Taktische Storungen werden im Stein geatzt. Gen Rommel)
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