» Troops Who Undergo Heavy Weapons Training at Risk for Brain Injury

Troops Who Undergo Heavy Weapons Training at Risk for Brain Injury

Legal Help for Veterans is a law firm helping veterans get the benefits they deserve.

Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2018 - Military personnel who train and operate particular shoulder-fired weapons may have damaged their brains by the blasts, according to an Army-commissioned study, found here.

The report from the Center for a New American Security states the placement of the weapons – just inches from the soldier’s head – makes them especially risky.

“The Army needs to protect its soldiers from the potentially dangerous consequences of firing heavy weapons,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans’ attorney at Legal Help for Veterans in Michigan. “Better training and safety precautions must be in place to shield our service members from blast-induced brain injury.”

Research has revealed those who have fired heavy weapons deal with short-term problems with memory and thinking and may feel nauseated, fatigued and dizzy. Those symptoms mirror those of a concussion. More studies are being conducted to determine if those types of problems lead to permanent injuries.

“TBI (traumatic brain injury) is the signature wound of today’s wars,” the report states. “Blast-induced TBI can be extremely difficult to detect and diagnose. There are no externally visible signs of brain trauma and many of the symptoms of mild TBI overlap with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

The dangers could begin during training. A recent NPR story featured a Marine Corps veteran who fired a rocket launcher for years and said he has suffered episodes of dizziness and disorientation for the past two decades. The veteran had not seen combat and believes he sustained a brain injury during training.

For those who have experienced a head injury while in service and have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, contact the attorneys at Legal Help for Veterans to get assistance.

Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC
41700 West Six Mile Road, Suite 101
Northville, MI 48168
Toll Free Phone: 800.693.4800

  • Greater scrutiny suggested for TBI, PTSD
    Qualifying for VA benefits due to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) soon might become more difficult. Medical experts say PTSD often reveals itself via emotional responses, including those tied to avoiding situations and experiences that most resemble the prior trauma. Such situations can trigger PTSD flashbacks and emotional outbursts. Frequently, […]
  • Service dogs are not typical pets
    Many veterans adopt pets to help them overcome the ongoing effects of TBI and PTSD, while also enjoying companionship of man’s best friend. Yet, many veterans who adopt rescue dogs from animal shelters do so with the mistaken notion that they will receive the same benefits as they would from highly trained and costly service […]
  • Bad Paper Discharges Discriminate Against Vets
    Military service is a sacrifice that can claim much more than the life of the nation’s military men and women. Military service also can disable veterans and leave them in a state that makes them virtually unemployable due to the lingering effects of their military service. Unfortunately, tens of thousands of U.S. military veterans who […]
  • Four Oft-Overlooked VA Benefits
    Military veterans are familiar with the healthcare and education benefits provided by the VA. Yet, there are many other benefits that can be overlooked and could prove invaluable in helping veterans with the transition from active military into civilian life. The following are four oft-overlooked VA benefits that veterans could find highly useful. Long-term care […]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA |



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required