This is an important post about traumatic brain injuries sustained by veterans when they were in the military.
Being exposed to blasts nearby over and over again can cause brain injury, even if the rest of their body is not hit by the explosion.
There is a bar graph statistic in the middle of this post. Please read the original post to see the graph. There are about the same number of soldiers who commit suicide as soldiers who die in combat.
So, once the soldiers are out of the war zone, they still are in as much danger of death, as they were before leaving the war.
Traumatic Brain Injuries – Part 5 of 5
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (C.T.E.)
Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) wrote in his director’s report on May 28, 2012, that “NIMH was established nearly 65 years ago to help the nation address the mental health issues of veterans after World War II.”
I’ve been affiliated with NIMH for many years and hadn’t realized the original mission of the organization involved helping combat veterans of WWII reintegrate into society. My immediate thought, is that if the ‘greatest generation’ needed assistance with mental health issues, why do we still have the stigma we have today when a brain goes bad?
A brain can go bad for many reasons. It can be physically injured as is the case with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The brain can additionally be injured because the individual witnessed or experienced a…
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