Tuesday, March 18, 2008


An army survey of more than 2,000 soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan suggested that about 11% showed signs of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) , though some estimates have put it closer to 20%. At the same time, the Pentagon has admitted that it delayed introducing a routine screening of troops returning from Iraq for mild brain injuries because it feared that the extent of the problem could mushroom to the scale of the Gulf War syndrome after the first Iraq war. This should give pause to anyone thinking about joining the military for the bonuses now being offered. Your time as a mercenary for oil interests could end up leading to problems for the rest of your life. One or two out of ten is pretty good odds--of ending up with brain problems. (Maybe these are the 10-20% who still support Bush.)

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