These are āunseen injuries” and they often go hand in hand with homelessness.
Since 2001, over 2.5 million U. S. troops have deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Nearly 50% of those returning troops are eligible for some type of disability payment.
- Nearly a half million will have a TBI — traumatic brain injury
- Over 47,000 experienced blasts from IEDs — improvised explosive devices
Research is showing signs of early aging in the brains of some veterans who were caught in or near roadside bomb explosions, including declines in:
- Executive function
These changes can bring understandable anger and frustration, with changes in behavior, emotions, organization and communication skills. Typical daily stresses are compounded for these veterans and service members.
Our service members need relief and they need it now.