A recent study has confirmed that the concussive blast wave from an explosion can be equally as damaging as an impact injury to the head when it comes to traumatic brain injuries. The study set out to determine whether there was any difference in the level of symptoms suffered by service members “with blast-related vs. non-blast-related concussive TBI” and concluded there was not.
After years of pressure from lawmakers in Congress, VA has finally rolled out an open burn pit registry by which veterans can document exposure to airborne hazards, including smoke from burn pits. The potential effects of open air burn pits were first raised in 2008, and since that time, hundreds of veterans have returned home with significant respiratory problems and other issues.
A new study has concluded that aircrew and maintainers who flew the C-123 Provider during the post-Vietnam era were likely exposed to hazardous levels of dioxin-contaminated Agent Orange. The Air Force used the UC-123 during Vietnam to spray Agent Orange, and the planes were subsequently returned to the United States and used by the Air Force Reserve as cargo aircraft, without any decontamination or exposure testing for Agent Orange.
Tax season is here and it never hurts to save another dollar. This year, servicemembers can choose from several free, military-specific editions of popular online tax preparation software. In addition, anyone (military, veterans, civilians alike) with an individual or family adjusted gross income (AGI) of less than $58,000 for 2013 is eligible to receive free in-person or online tax preparation and filing assistance from a variety of sources.