Research indicates that a significant percentage of veterans who fought in the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), some with lasting effects, Washington Top News reports.
According to a federal study from the Department of Veterans Affairs, about 20 percent of veterans who fought in the Iraqi or Afghani theatres suffered a TBI of varying degrees.
Some veterans recovered from their TBIs within weeks or months, but other injuries can impact or impair a veteran for much longer.
TBI expert Dr. William Walker of the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center and Virginia Commonwealth University is leading the study.
This study, which is still in its early stages, aims to shed more light on TBIs in order to help veterans who have them. Its premise involves observing more than 1,000 veterans over a 20-year period – making it one of the largest and most comprehensive studies of its kind.
Walker explained that a longer time-period is best for this study in order to collect data on neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, that don’t develop until later.
The study is taking place at Veterans Affairs site across the country. Participants are currently enrolling at sites in Houston, Tampa, San Antonio, Richmond, and Fort Belvoir. Later this spring, people will be able to enroll in Boston, Minneapolis, and Portland.