Another warning the T-Rump is unfit to be president — he doesn’t have any empathy for anyone for anything, even US military:
No longer an "active duty commander," I did spend 3+ yrs commanding large organizations & was personally subjected to multiple IED blasts. These can be serious injuries, they can contribute to death, neurological and psych disorders…and POTUS comment is dangerously wrong. https://t.co/dfVyrwj4Qt
— Mark Hertling (@MarkHertling) January 22, 2020
Via The Week this morning:
Speaking to reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump was asked why he has repeatedly said no Americans were hurt in the strikes despite reports that 11 U.S. service members were airlifted for medical reasons.
The president said he was told the soldiers had “headaches” and he doesn’t consider the injuries to be as serious as others he’s seen in the past, such as the loss of limbs.
The comment quickly stirred up some backlash — CNN’s Chris Cillizza called Trump’s description of the injuries “problematic” considering some of the patients are still being evaluated.
He also brought up Trump’s personal history which includes five deferments from serving in the Vietnam War, four of which were the result of bone spurs in his heels.
The president was also chastised by Mark Hertling, a retired Army officer who served as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Europe and the Seventh Army.
Hertling said that blasts like the one in Iraq can result in various long-term effects, some of them quite severe. Trump, he said, was “dangerously wrong” in his dismissal.
Further from Military Times, also this morning:
The Defense Department has been grappling with the issue of TBI throughout the Global War on Terror, as the sometimes invisible injury can be hard to detect, service members can be reluctant to report their suffering and the long-term damage can wreak havoc on mental and behavioral health.
Concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury, TBI, has been the most common serious injury to U.S. military personnel since 2000, with more than 408,000 cases diagnosed.
While most people who suffer concussion recover within seven to 10 days with appropriate treatment, severe or multiple concussions can have lingering and even lasting or progressive effects such as degeneration or brain changes that put aging veterans at risk for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions, according to researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System.
Mild TBI also is associated with mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder or depression: a study published last year in JAMA Psychiatry found that 21 percent of hospital patients diagnosed with a mild brain injury had PTSD or depression up to six months after an injury to their heads, compared with 12 percent of patients with an injury elsewhere on the body.
At their worst, multiple concussions have been linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the slowly progressive disease associated with athletes in high contact sports such as professional football and hockey players.
Persons with CTE exhibit behavioral changes, memory loss and cognitive problems as they age.
The T-Rump is one vile motherfucker…
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