Pentagon: 34 Troops Diagnosed With Brain Injuries in Iran Strike

Officials say half have already returned to duty

The Pentagon is continuing to revise the casualty figures from the January 7 Iranian missile strike on Ayn al-Asad. The number of injuries has doubled again, with 34 troops now having been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries.

So in the past eight days, it’s gone from no casualties, to 11, to an unspecified number in the high teens, and now to 34. Injuries have previously been described as concussions, which seems to be in keeping with what is reported now.

The Pentagon now says 34 were taken abroad for treatment after the strike, and that roughly half of them have already returned to duty after treatment. This would be in keeping with less severe concussions.

The administration will still have to manage President Trump saying that the injuries were not severe, and presenting them as “headaches.” The VFW is demanding Trump apologize for downplaying this. The issue is a serious one for many veterans, because in recent wars large numbers of casualties were concussions or other brain injuries, and many are critical of how the government has handled their treatment.

Author: Jason Ditz

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