There was a gap in the Army’s requirement of personnel staff that could handle the wounded soldiers and thus the WTU units were formed to fill in this gap (AW2). The staffs in the units include physicians, nurses, mental health professionals, squad leaders and platoon sergeants whose responsibility is making sure that the needs of the soldiers are met, the care is coordinated and the soldiers’ families are taken care of. The WTU requirements indicated that the wounded soldiers would be provided for with critical support which entails six or more months of complex medical treatment.
However, as much as sources originating from the General Surgeon’s side show that the Task Force involved in TBI assessment and treatment is doing its best to give the soldiers a better life, primary research from other neutral sources show that the soldiers are not given the care that they deserve. There are limited sources if any that indicate that the Army health staff is trying new interventions for the mild TBI, yet sources show that soldiers are continually increasing and the number of mild TBI sufferers is higher than prior the war time.
The soldiers are not referred to specialists and instead given a cocktail of drugs and these can be based on the assumption that most of the TBI patients are almost normal and so the medication is given for the array of symptoms observed such as headaches, sleeplessness, dizziness and so on. The cocktail of drugs seem to deal with the symptoms that are reported by the soldiers but the root-cause of the problem, which is brain damage, is rarely addressed.
That is the reason why the problems persist when the soldiers try to fit in the normal civilian life. Moreover, most will keep on taking the drugs to relieve the symptoms but the condition still persists. Zeitzer and Brooks (347) assert that the mild TBI condition goes undetected in most cases and the veterans can be send home or back to the battlefield with the untreated condition of which the consequences become devastating later on in life.
Scherer and Schubert (981) highlight the controversy as far as the right therapeutic intervention is concerned for soldiers with mild TBI condition. The authors assert that the US Army Surgeon General’s Task Force on TBI commented that there is no objective evidence in humans to support the claim that a primary overpressure wave from a blast can cause damage to the neuronal function and subsequent brain injury. On the other hand, several medical researches connect the blasts and shock waves to neuronal damage and brain injury.
With this kind of assumption from the General’s Task Force that is supposed to pursue better interventions to the affected soldiers, it is unlikely that the soldiers showing signs of mild TBI will be sent to specialists. Instead, the military health care facility provides medicines to counteract the symptoms as they occur without considering the side effects or the clinical value that will result from interaction of such drugs.