Monday, June 27, 2016
COMBAT VETS INVISIBLE SCARS NOW BECOMING VISIBLE
Explosions from roadside bombs, grenades and other devices produce a wide spectrum of injuries. Beyond the shrapnel and other objects that impale the head and body, the hurricane-force wind can blow troops off their feet, causing fatal head injuries and concussions on impact.
Less understood is how the blast wave ~ the pulse of compressed air that shoots in all directions faster than the speed of sound and arrives before the wind ~ affects brain tissue after crashing through the helmet and skull. Blasts are also believed to compress the sternum and send shock waves through the body’s blood vessels and up into the brain."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tp9lICKOrg / Hats off to the guy with the Helmet cam, a true professional. As soon as he was out of the vehicle, he wanted his rifle just in case...then shortly after that once he'd gathered his senses, he was telling people to check the ridge line.
One of those elite group of senior officers who pushed back at the military was Col. Bart Billings who has long advocated for a non-medicated approach for treating PTSD and also wrote an article in the Navy Medical Journal on this subject in 2002 ~ Jan-Feb issue, page 21 ( see report ) (https://archive.org/stream/NavyMedicineVol.93No.1January-february2002/NavyMedicine2002-01_djvu.txt ).