By Bryant Furlow on Mar 05, 2011 with Comments 0
Despite the Obama administration’s ramping down of combat operations in Iraq, 2010 saw the highest number of troops with reported traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) for any year of the U.S. occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan — and more than twice the number of deployment-related amputations seen in 2009, according to a newly-released report by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center.
2010 saw 7,270 deployed troops hospitalized or treated for TBIs, or about 20 new cases per day, the report shows.
That is more than any other year between 2003 and 2010, and represents a 34 percent jump from 2009?s count of 5,818 soldiers with TBI. Only 2008 came close to matching the 2010 numbers, with 7,263 soldiers with brain injuries during deployment. Between 2003 and 2010, a total of 33,446 soldiers have been hospitalized or treated for TBIs during or within 30 days of deployments, according to the report.
And as epiNewswire revealed in 2007, the Army had not yet implemented by that year a long-standing order to screen returning combat veterans for brain injuries.
A total of 1,138 soldiers had deployment-associated limb amputations between 2003 and 2010, according to the new report.
My bold General David Petraeus * cough * success in Iraq and Afghanistan reminds me of a joke I heard about General ” Blood and Guts ” Patton a solder in WW2 made ” our blood and his guts”.
The Main Stream Media is to busy covering gossip to mention how are troops our doing when was the last time they covered this topic?
Given the huge increase in injuries either we send more troops in for who knows how many years or we accept that as soon as we leave our puppet governments in Iraq and Afghanistan will fall in a year or two.
Personally I am ok with Iraq and Afghanistan falling if it means no more Americans are hurt fighting for a stupid war.