More than 100 US troops suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran strike
Trump simply doesn't care.
Trump’s description of US troops’ injuries as “trauma headaches” isn’t ignorance. It’s just another nail into the coffin of his faux pro-military and pro-veteran promises. He just does not care about those who are putting their lives on the line for our country. Remember the 2016 Trump Foundation fundraiser that was held for veterans? The one where 2 million dollars was raised and then repeatedly using it for personal and business gains, as well as legal settlements? Or how he has stated he sold US troops to Saudi Arabia, for 1 billion dollars? This is just a slice of Trump’s complete lack of sympathy for those who are most celebrated in our culture.
Damage to the brain is horrific, and who knows how the lives of these people will be forever changed in the aftermath of this strike. As if VA reform isn’t already overdue, the president’s marginalization of the damage done to US citizens is appalling. VA healthcare isn’t reliable enough to guarantee these troops will be supported to the fullest extent when they get home. No, in our dog-eat-dog country their reward for risking their lives is a flurry of bills and a punch to the wallet, after a massive blow to the brain. It’s not like we can, at this point, expect any kind of semblance of an appropriate reaction to this somber news. After all, he was impeached by the House. So much for checks and balances, as this man is still sitting in the Oval Office. America is far from great again.
Description not dismissing the injuries
All brain injuries noted were considered minor and 76 of the 109 troops have returned to active duty. So is this news really about the health of US troops or is it about the hatred of President Trump? When considering that 109 soldiers could have died and 109 families could be grieving the loss of their daughters and sons, minor brain trauma does pale in comparison.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton, in an interview with CBS News, put the President’s words in a clearer light: He's not dismissing their injuries. He's describing their injuries, said the Arkansas senator, an Army veteran who served in Iraq.
Undoubtedly our troops deserve the highest respect and care. We should take injuries seriously and not dismiss traumatic events. However, it is equally wrong to overplay these types of events in an effort to turn citizens against their president. Thisnews also fails to report how this one event stacks up against percentages of PTSD across our military.
The U.S. News reported in June of 2019:
● About 11 to 20 out of every 100 veterans (or between 11 and 20%) who served in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year.
● About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12%) have PTSD in a given year.
● About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam veterans (15%) were currently diagnosed with PTSD when the most recent study of them (the National Vietnam Veteran Readjustment Study) was conducted in the late 1980s. It’s believed that 30% of Vietnam veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.
The point of these reports is to make Trump’s statement appear false and tasteless. But an objective look at facts and context proves a bias as well as the lack of full-facts reporting. Again, our troops deserve our respect. They do not deserve to be pawns in journalistic games for the votes of Americans.