Even mild brain injuries, the report found, appear associated with some long-term problems....
In a separate report in April, Rand estimated (pdf) that about 300,000 returning Iraq and Afghanistan vets were psychological casualties. From that report:
As a progressive, it is completely unacceptable to me if once again we ignore veterans' health issues and let these people end up killing themselves, drinking or drugging, or homeless.
And do I even need to say it? The injuries these servicemembers will have to live with for the rest of their lives is one of the many excellent reasons not to get into a war you don't have to fight.
This part from the newspaper article is concerning:
Bureaucrats and bean-counters are the source of the resistance to treating injured vets. They stood in the door over Gulf War Syndrome for 17 years, denying it every step of the way. Shinseki will have cut through the roadblocks. It's clear that Obama has his back:
"For many of today's troops and their families, the war doesn't end when they come home," Obama said at a press conference in Chicago [announcing his pick of Shinseki].
But "far too few" are receiving the treatment they need to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, he said.
Obama pledged to cut red tape, eliminate budget shortfalls and help ease the transition back to civilian life for troops returning to a troubled economy.
"No one will ever doubt that this former army chief of staff has the courage to stand up for our troops and our veterans," Obama said of Shinseki.
"He has always stood on principal because he has always stood with our troops, and he will bring that same sense of duty and commitment to insuring that we treat our veterans with the care and dignity that they deserve."
It's nice to hear responsible talk after 8 years of uber-hawks shortchanging the people they sent off to fight. I look forward to the follow-through.