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Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) in the Military

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Technical Report

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Congressional Research Service Washington United States

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On January 7, 2020, the Department of Defense DOD reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran launched a number of ballistic missiles at certain Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. and coalition military forces. These forces utilize Iraqi military bases to support counter-terrorism operations within the region, including military actions against the Islamic State under Operation Inherent Resolve. DOD initially reported no U.S. or coalition casualties, then later stated that 34 U.S. servicemembers assigned to these locations were subsequently diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury mTBI resulting from the missile blasts. On February 10, 2020, numerous media sources reported that DOD revised its count to 109 servicemembers diagnosed, with 76 of those members already having returned to duty. These numbers may increase in the future as servicemembers are further assessed.This Insight provides a brief overview of DOD policies and programs to screen, assess, and manage mTBI, which includes deployment-related concussions.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research

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