President Obama: “Men & women like Cory remind us that America has never come easy. Our freedom, our democracy, has never been easy.” #SOTU
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 29, 2014
As President Obama spoke on Tuesday evening, we were reminded of the hidden truths of war when he addressed Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg and the larger national body of veterans returning from our most recent decade of conflict.
As we continue on into 2014, the year of the Brain Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Neurotechnologies Initiative), we must recognize the immediate and long-term consequences of war. The initiative has led the way for research into new and innovative ways to treat and cure disorders such as traumatic brain injury, an all-too-common source of concern for returning veterans. While some combat injuries, such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), have seen the political limelight, this far larger body of related conditions have yet to receive the level of care they deserve.
Failure to recognize these ailments will lead to under or over-treatments, potentially life-threatening band-aids for these larger problems. The solution to this dilemma is awareness and education for the veterans, veterans’ families, non-VA physicians, and society as a whole. The Hidden Truths Project hopes to contribute to this awareness for the many service members who fought and continue to fight for our country.