Excerpt by Jenny Shark | National Swell
SAN DIEGO – The signature weapon against coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan is the improvised explosive device, leaving those who survive with traumatic brain injuries and posttraumatic stress.
“It’s often been called the invisible injury, but it won’t be invisible for long,” said Steve Lewandowski with Veterans Research Alliance, who along with other donors pulled $30,000 together to start a study by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Although the study is a small step in the right direction in terms of diagnosing, and potentially treating, invisible injuries, that alone does not eliminate the many psychological and societal issues related to invisible injury. The injury itself may be more visible to doctors who treat it, but caregivers, family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers still see a person who has no visible signs of injury such as fatigue, weakness, pain, slow processing, auditory problems, visual challenges, or the many cognitive difficulties that sometimes accompany invisible illness.
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