As it struggles to cope with the emerging battlefield reality of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the Department of Defense has developed a mantra: “Improve detection, treatment, and prevention.” Despite this chant, the military chronically underestimates the number of troops who have TBI. The misrepresentation stems from current policy and warfighting culture, in addition to imperfect detection measures. Understating brain injury’s significance only exacerbates the epidemic.
TBI Is Not Just Concussion
To treat brain-injured warfighters, we must first call a spade a spade.
By J. Patricia Blanco Kiely