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Wartime brain injury toll is cited

March 05, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The number of U.S. troops who have suffered wartime brain injuries ranges from 180,000 to 360,000, Defense Department doctors said at a Pentagon news conference.

The estimate of the number injured represents 10% to 20% of the roughly 1.8 million men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Though so-called traumatic brain injury can range from a mild form such as concussions to severe forms with penetrating head wounds, officials said the majority of troop injuries were the mild form.

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