This report has examined the problem that soldiers at Fort Carson experience through collecting information form credible sources that have studies the issue. Some of the sources are reported are primary interviews and observational reserches conducted on this soldier and therefore the information is valid. Mild traumatic brain injury continues to be reported in higher numbers among the soldiers coming from war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan as compared to the time before the war.
Moreover, almost all the studies and reports show that some soldiers only experience the devastating effects of the condition as they try to adjust to normal lives. Mild TBI affects the cognitive, emotional, behavioral and physical aspects of the soldiers and relating with their family members like before becomes difficult. Soldiers who fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan report the higher number of mild TBI and this has been associated with the blasts from detonation of improvised explosive devices which the insurgent enemies prefer to use.
The blasts cause shockwaves which penetrate the soldiers’ body to cause brain damage and subsequent cognitive impairment. Despite substantial studies associating the blasts with TBI which is now a common occurrence among the war veterans, Fort Carson has not provided improved interventions to tackle the increasing problem. The existing method for screening and treatment of TBI is derived from injuries associated with motor accidents and sports. Nevertheless, studies show that TBI from blasts and those from motor accidents have different pathophysiology.
Calls to the General Surgeon Task Force TBI to advance screening and treatment interventions for the condition are handled controversially, and there is even doubt as to whether it is the blasts that cause the brain damage. The current screening method at Fort Carson involves filling questionnaires at 3-5 days from war and after about180-190 days from the same period. This method is certainly not working because mild TBI continues to occur years later after the screening and treatment periods.
Soldiers at the WTU meant to recover and undergo rehabilitation confirm that the situation in the units is of disparity. Soldiers complaining of symptoms associated with mild TBI are given a cocktail of drugs to relieve their symptoms and are put under the care of non-commissioned staffs who doesn’t understand their plea. There is need to pursue better screening and treatment interventions for the soldiers so as to help the veterans lead a normal healthy life and interact well with the society. This report recommends the following solutions:-
First, as family members of the affected soldiers, and as soldiers whose lives is at risk of being ripped apart by TBI, there is need to write and sign a letter that expresses these views jointly to the Office of the General Surgeon’s Task Force of TBI. The letter should state the need to have the soldiers in the rehabilitation centers attended to specialists in brain damage injuries. There need to be a comprehensive treatment regime that will ensure both the emotional, behavioral, physical and cognitive requirements of these soldiers are met.
The soldiers should be provided with extensive care in which there should be continuous interaction with understanding care providers so as to help in the recovery process. Alternatively, the letter should urge that soldiers suspected to have TBI should be transferred to regional specialized facilities rather than be confined in the WTU. Works Cited Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2). “Warrior Transition Units. ” U. S Army Medical Department, 2009, August 13. Web. Accessed 26th July 2010. Center for Neuro Skills.
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