Soldiers deserve more scrutiny of effects of brain traumas
Memorial Day is not simply about the past. The wounds of war are carried by every person who has served. Two recent announcements mark an important and necessary shift in how the government identifies, treats, and prevents brain injuries sustained in war. A recent study by Boston University researchers about the dangers of concussions sustained in combat, coupled with the Army’s almost simultaneous decision to review all diagnoses involving post-traumatic stress disorder since 2001, should prompt an overhaul in the treatment of brain injuries.