New research signals that war-zone concussions are much different from concussions than happen playing football or hockey. Most athletes quickly recover brain function. Most soldiers and Marines do not, according to a study released Wednesday in Brain: A Journal of Neurology.
If anyone understands the toll of war, it's Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Centers veterans services director Mike Cagle. He sees the aftermath walk through the door every day.
A Johns Hopkins-coordinated military study has given injured veterans renewed hope. Hopkins is reviewing a brace and physical therapy program, developed at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, that has shown promise in restoring function to legs long after they stopped improving from their grievous injuries.
Marine veteran David Smith wasn't sure what to do with himself after coming home from the Iraq War. The only work he could find was a minimum-wage job doing construction. In time, Smith landed a better job and eventually enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Birmingham, Ala.-based nonprofit Support Our Soldiers gave two veterans motorized chairs that have continuous track reminiscent of a tank and are designed to be used on rough terrain. The two veterans — who were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War — said the chairs may open doors they thought closed many years ago.
It’s a rough and tumble sport, but San Antonio wounded warriors have shown they’ve got what it takes to win national honors in sled hockey.