Traumatic brain injuries in military service are far more common than many people think. In fact, many of the combat veterans that return from tours in war zones are suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI). The injuries in these cases are generally the result of having been near an improvised explosive device during an explosion.
This is an injury that cannot be seen, and thus it is more difficult to prove that it exists. Many confuse it with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and while it may be that PTSD does play a role in a veteran’s illnesses on return from war, they may also have been a victim of traumatic brain injury; an injury that is largely going undiagnosed.
TBI is often overlooked because many medical professionals do not connect an explosion during war conditions with concussions. Many of them are too busy treating the visible wounds of returning war veterans, and the silent traumatic brain injury is not being caught.
Traumatic brain injury, no matter how it is caused, is a very real illness that often turns the lives of its victims upside down. Many may need long-term care to cope with cognitive changes. Many are never the same person they were before leaving for a war zone.