Tricare, which covers nearly 4 million troops and military retirees, denies coverage of cognitive rehabilitation to traumatic brain injury victims, despite consensus from medical specialists who say it improves the quality of life. More »
The military medical system is failing to diagnose brain injuries in tens of thousands of soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many of them receive little or no treatment for lingering health problems, an investigation by ProPublica and NPR has found. More »
Even when traumatic brain injury is diagnosed in soldiers, treatment can be hard to come by. At Fort Bliss, Texas, a building to screen for such injuries remains closed nearly a year after its completion. More »
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Brain specialists say Army's training may make soldiers more vulnerable to head injuries on the battlefield.
Five soldiers injured in the same 2009 bomb blast are a case study in a new epidemic among America's troops, who are grappling with a combination of concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder.
With the help of virtual-reality machines and a bevy of specialists, Sgt. Victor Medina's thinking and speaking rapidly improved. But he's among only a tiny fraction of brain-injured soldiers who get access to the most advanced treatment at military's new state-of-the-art center in Maryland.
Handheld devices and blood tests that could give medical personnel quick, reliable ways to test for concussions in the field are advancing, but remain a few years away.
Defense Department leaders and lawmakers have taken steps to improve the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injuries since ProPublica and NPR began a two-year investigation, but progress remains incremental.
Sen. Claire McCaskill has requested a briefing from the military on its troubled neurological testing program.
Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., sought support to fix the military’s cognitive testing program following a ProPublica and NPR report on the issue earlier this week.
Faced with a congressional mandate to use computerized testing to detect brain injuries, the military chose an unproven test and then botched its implementation.
The Pentagon’s Defense Centers of Excellence are plagued by management weakness and obscure finances, according to recent Government Accountability Office reports.
Pressure increases on the military to improve mental health care as new data shows that 51 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are treated by the VA for psychological problems, up from 20 percent in 2004.
Only about 1 in 5 soldiers and Marines say they have been tested to determine if they have suffered brain injuries. Military officials hope the numbers will improve now that a new policy is in place.
A military memorandum says that new requirements for diagnosing and treating brain injury has resulted in a shortage of Army neurologists on battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Army’s move comes in response to an investigation published last September by ProPublica and NPR that revealed some soldiers had been wrongly denied the medal despite regulations that made them eligible for it.
ProPublica and NPR continue to pursue a Freedom of Information Act request for the reviews of a Tricare study that found that cognitive rehabilitation was not very effective.
The National Institutes of Medicine convened the first of what's expected to be a series of public panels to help determine whether cognitive rehabilitation therapy could help heal troops who suffered traumatic brain injuries in Afghanistan and Iraq.
More Than 70 Members of Congress Demand Cognitive Treatment for Troops With Traumatic Brain Injuries
Citing an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, 74 members of Congress have signed a letter demanding that Tricare, the Pentagon’s health plan, provide treatment for troops with traumatic brain injuries.
Sen. Claire McCaskill's committee wants to examine a contract between Tricare, the Pentagon's health plan, and ECRI Institute, which found insufficient evidence to support cognitive rehabilitation therapy.
Citing an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, the nation’s largest veterans group is demanding that Tricare, the Pentagon’s health plan, pay for cognitive rehabilitation therapy
The Pentagon told Congress last month that it was studying the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation therapy for brain-injured soldiers.
Project Share, started by philanthropist Bernie Marcus, offers cognitive therapy rehabilitation to brain-injured troops -- care the Pentagon's Tricare health plan won't pay for.
Tricare, which covers nearly 4 million troops and military retirees, denies coverage of cognitive rehabilitation to traumatic brain injury victims, despite consensus from medical specialists who say it improves the quality of life.
ProPublica and NPR are still pursuing a Freedom of Information Act request for the reviews of the Tricare study that found that cognitive rehabilitation was not very effective.
The director of the Pentagon's program to oversee the treatment of troops with brain injuries has been transferred while under investigation for alleged sexual harassment.
A House Armed Services Committee member says soldiers with concussions should be recognized if they meet the Army’s criteria.
An error, though soon corrected, shows confusion about medals for soldiers with brain trauma.
Soldiers with mild traumatic brain injuries are finding that it's hard to have the injury recognized with a Purple Heart.
Rep. Harry Teague promises to dramatically expand an inquiry into the treatment of soldiers who have suffered mild traumatic brain injuries.
After soldiers' reports of problems, officials at Fort Bliss tell a congressman that they will review the base's care for traumatic brain injuries.
The Pentagon alters its explanation for why the leader of the center responsible for treating traumatic brain injuries sustained by soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan stepped down.
The new rules require rest periods and enhanced tracking for soldiers exposed to blasts.
After criticism of her program's work, an Army general resigns as the director of a center that focuses on troops' brain injuries.
Medical officials at Fort Bliss are being questioned about soldiers' frustrations in getting treatment for concussions.
Responding to our investigation, a Senate hearing will be expanded to include discussing soldiers with mild traumatic brain injuries.
The Army's vice chief of staff says it takes the treatment of soldiers with mild traumatic brain injuries "very seriously."
Even when traumatic brain injury is diagnosed in soldiers, treatment can be hard to come by.
The Pentagon sent out a talking points memo that makes it sound as if it's doing all it can to treat brain injuries, which our investigation says is not the case.
The military has failed to diagnose brain injuries in tens of thousands of soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Soldiers are surviving explosions that would have killed them in previous wars, but some are left with permanent wounds.
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