The invisible injuries of war

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Oct. 3 front-page article on traumatic brain injuries, "It changes who we are," tragically hit home for me.

The military is finally acknowledging that exposure to constant explosions from guns and other weapons damages the sensitive brain tissue that gives our loved ones the ability to think, remember and feel. Our family members may be returning home from the battlefield, but their invisible injuries continually destroy their spirits.

Imagine looking into the eyes of your loved one and being met by an abyss where there was once loving recognition. The pain that we feel cannot be measured by words or soothed by empty promises. Our nation needs a call to action to ensure that everyone who has served our country gets the competent care that he or she deserves.

We must ensure that our brave warriors can defend our nation and can come back and be productive members of our society and our families. If we do not, the casualties from these wars will not be reflected just by those who have died, but by families that have been destroyed.

Saralyn Mark, Washington

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