What we are up against, and what WE focus on.

This is a small snapshot of the real issues we face.

A Majority of The Soldiers Are Wounded by IEDs

"A body can disintegrate into such tiny fragments that it returns to Earth in a snowfall of flesh."M.J.

  • According to the Pentagon, more than half to two-thirds of Americans killed or wounded in combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan have been victims of IED explosions. 
  • Many wounds suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan will persist over veterans’ lifetimes, and some impacts of military service may not be felt until decades later.
  • 1 million veterans injured from the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan... 
  • Most reported TBI among Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom service members and veterans has been traced back to Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, used extensively against Coalition Forces.
  • Spinal injuries is perhaps 10 times higher than in the Vietnam War. Noted that in previous wars, most soldiers with spinal trauma were injured so severely that they did not survive.
  • Estimating 1.5 million veterans of Iraq, an estimated 200,000 of them would be expected to suffer from PTSD or major depression, with 285,000 of them having experienced a probable traumatic brain injury.
  • 480,000 Iraq vets were injured one way or the other.
  • More than 40 percent of soldiers who lost of consciousness met the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Estimates that nearly 1 in 3 people deployed in those wars suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or traumatic brain injury. That would mean 500,000 of the 1.5 million deployed to Iraq.
  • Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Survey (NVVRS), conducted between 1986 and 1988, estimated that more than half of all male Vietnam veterans and almost half of all female Vietnam veterans—some 1,700,000 in all—have experienced “clinically serious stress reaction symptoms.” 

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI):
Commonly referred to as a concussion, is a brief loss of consciousness or disorientation ranging up to 30 minutes. Though damage may not be visible on an MRI or CAT scan, common symptoms of MTBI include headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration or attention. MTBI can have long-term effects, known as post-concussion syndrome (PCS). Those who suffer from PCS can experience significant changes in cognition and personality.

Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: 
symptoms of Severe TBI include all those of MTBI, as well as headaches that gets worse or do not go away, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, inability to awaken from sleep, dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes (also known as anisocoria), slurred speech, weakness or numbness in the extremities, loss of coordination, and increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation. Severe TBI is associated with loss of consciousness for over 30 minutes, or amnesia.

  • During the Iraq War, 4,475 U.S. service members were killed and 32,220 were wounded; in Afghanistan, 2,165 have been killed and 18,230 wounded through Feb. 5, 2013.
  • Among service members deployed in these conflicts, 103,792 were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) over the period 2002 to December 2012. Over that same period, 253,330 service members were diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) of some kind.
  • As a result of battle injuries in the Iraq War, 991 service members received wounds that required amputations; 797 lost major limbs, such as a leg. In Afghanistan, 724 have had to undergo amputations, with 696 losing a major limb.

Stress on the wife, Kids and family.
Soldiers indicated their most troubling experiences in combat came from seeing dead bodies (67 percent), being shot at (63 percent), being attacked or ambushed (61 percent) and knowing someone who was killed or seriously wounded (59 percent).... Additionally, 72 percent of the soldiers said their unit morale was low and 52 percent said their own morale was low,” according to a March dispatch from the Army News Service.