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Injuries of War
The current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are creating a new generation of injured veterans. Medicine has made remarkable advancements over the years, allowing doctors to mend wounds that would've once been deadly. While we've gotten very good at saving lives, we need to improve our ability to save our Heroes' quality of life.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is being called the "signature injury" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While a TBI can cause major long-term disability in survivors, there are other devastating injuries that can cause emotional and physical distress as well.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can disrupt a person's life and make it hard to continue with daily activities.
As we saw with veterans returning from the Vietnam War, PTSD can lead to substance abuse, marital problems, employment problems, homelessness, and in drastic cases, suicide. If we don't act now and treat these veterans, history is sure to repeat itself.
- Many veterans throughout history have experienced Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). It is a debilitating disorder that dates back to the American Civil War. Long after bullets are removed, or limbs are repaired, the pain remains strong, and in many cases, even more unbearable. Many injured veterans are living with the chronic pain associated with RSD.
There are many other injuries that can easily disrupt daily life for our Heroes as well.
Healing Heroes Network wants to help the whole veteran. That's why we offer assistance for services in all areas of medicine. We want our Heroes to return to their families and communities as healthy as they can be. They've earned at least this much.
To see a list of services, click here.