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Esteban Sanchez PLAN 370-500 4/16/2009 Abstract 10 Care of War Veterans with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury — Flawed Perspectives The war in Iraq and Afghanistan have been going on for several years already and the longer this war continues more American soldiers continue to get injured. The injury may be physically or mentally. In this article it speaks of the traumatic brain injuries veterans are having and how they are being treated and the lack of treatment some veterans are having. Researchers estimate that more than 300,000 U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as concussion, with the majority going untreated. The current clinical definition of "concussion/mild TBI" adopted by the Department of Defense and the VA; a blow or jolt to the head resulting in brief alteration in consciousness, loss of consciousness, or post- traumatic amnesia, is inadequate for achieving the objectives of these well-intentioned initiatives. The case definition lacks three essential criteria for use months after injury:
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