November 24th, 2007


More previously uncounted casualties from the GWOT.

At least 20,000 U.S. troops who were not classified as wounded during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have been found with signs of brain injuries, according to military and veterans records provided by the Army, Navy and Department of Veterans Affairs. These incomplete nature of these records seem to indicate that there are likely to be thousands of additional undiagnosed cases amongst active duty soldiers and veterans. 

Most of the new cases involve mild or moderate brain injuries, commonly from exposure to blasts. Symptoms include nausea, dizziness, memory loss and headaches, and can be permanently disabling.

Soldiers and Marines who suffered brain injuries that weren't diagnosed until post-deployment screenings were not listed on the official casualty lists for those conflicts, said Army Col. Robert Labutta, a neurologist and brain injury consultant for the Pentagon.

More than 150,000 troops may have suffered head injuries in combat, says Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., founder of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force.