The Lethal Invisible Wounds of Iraq Vets


boston.com-1109689338_0341Nightmares And Darkness Follow Marine Home From Iraq War
‘Jeff Lucey’s homecoming was “magnificent,” Joyce says, with balloons and a police escort. “But on Christmas Eve, we went to my mom’s. He didn’t come. His sister went home to see him, and when she got there, he threw his dog tags at her and said, ‘Don’t you know your brother’s nothing but a murderer?’ ”

‘Jeff started having nightmares. He kept a flashlight under the bed, and would search his room at night for spiders because he said he could hear them, Joyce says.

‘He started staying in the house, Kevin says, “and sometimes he would stay just within his room. It was like the perfect storm converged.”

‘About 11:30 p.m. on June 21, 2004, Jeff “came into the front room, and he asked me if he could sit in my lap and if we could rock,” Kevin recalls. “Which we did. And I — I wasn’t even thinking that this was his way of saying goodbye.”…’
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Woman of 24 found to have no cerebellum in her brain
A person without a whole brain can function normally but many persons with whole brains cannot due to various reasons. The philosophy in that is anyone without complete tools can beat others who have.
‘DON’T mind the gap. A woman has reached the age of 24 without anyone realising she was missing a large part of her brain. The case highlights just how adaptable the organ is.

‘The discovery was made when the woman was admitted to the Chinese PLA General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command in Shandong Province complaining of dizziness and nausea. She told doctors she’d had problems walking steadily for most of her life, and her mother reported that she hadn’t walked until she was 7 and that her speech only became intelligible at the age of 6.

‘Doctors did a CAT scan and immediately identified the source of the problem – her entire cerebellum was missing (see scan, below left). The space where it should be was empty of tissue. Instead it was filled with cerebrospinal fluid, which cushions the brain and provides defence against disease…’
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What would you prefer? Brain trauma in the future or mental trauma (Jeff Lucey’s case) in the present?
Brain Trauma to Affect One in Three Players, N.F.L. Agrees
‘The National Football League, which for years disputed evidence that its players had a high rate of severe brain damage, has stated in federal court documents that it expects nearly a third of retired players to develop long-term cognitive problems and that the conditions are likely to emerge at “notably younger ages” than in the general population.

‘The findings are a result of data prepared by actuaries hired by the league and provided to the United States District Court judge presiding over the settlement between the N.F.L. and 5,000 former players who sued the league, alleging that it had hidden the dangers of concussions from them…’
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StoryCorps is a national nonprofit that gives people the chance to interview friends and loved ones about their lives. These conversations are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, allowing participants to leave a legacy for future generations. Learn more, including how to interview someone in your life, at StoryCorps.org.

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