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In just over a month after the Iran missile attack on the Al Asad military base, 100 U.S. service members have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, which is more than a 50% jump from the previous report.
The U.S. military is preparing a report to provide more information about the increase. At the end of January there was only 64 reports of TBI.
When Iran filed missiles on the Al Asad Military Base in retaliation to the killing of Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani, there was no reports of anyone being killed or suffering major bodily injury.
Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reported late last month that the individuals who had been diagnosed suffered a mild TBI. The symptoms from a minor Traumatic Brain Injury can take time to manifest. Approximately 200 people who were in the blast zone have been monitored for symptoms.
“All of those people were screened and we have got a certain number and the number is growing, in this particular case TBI — that manifests, it takes some time to manifest itself, it’s not an immediate thing necessarily — some cases it is, some cases it’s not. So we continue to screen. Some of them have been evacuated to Europe, some have been evacuated back to the United States so there is a layered approach to this, we’ll continue to do that with our medical professionals.”
– Army General Mark Milley
Earlier last month Trump made a statement down playing the severity of the situation. He made a statement that he does not view a minor TBI to be as serious as a physical combat wound.
“No, I heard that they had headaches, and a couple of other things, but I would say, and I can report, it’s not very serious,”
– President Trump
Mark Milley was asked about the comments the President made and if he understood the nature of the soldiers’ injuries.
“I’ve had the chance to speak with the President. He is very concerned about the health and welfare of all of our service members, particularly those who were involved in the operations in Iraq, and he understands the nature of these injuries,”
– Mark Milley
Several military groups have demanded that the President apologize for his initial comments.
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