Sen. Sherrod Brown: Military Needs Better System for Reporting Traumatic Events

Ohio’s Democratic Senator is introducing a bill he says will make it easier for veterans to file claims for brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. ideastream's Nick Castele reports Sherrod Brown’s bill sets up a system for reporting traumatizing events.

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Senator Brown says if a soldier suffers a serious head injury in Iraq or Afghanistan, that injury is reported. And that report helps the soldier get a diagnosis from a doctor, and to file claims for insurance and disability.

Veteran Michael Fairman of Columbus, whom the senator credited for helping come up with the bill, said the same isn’t necessarily true for other conditions.

“There is a huge or significant population of people—of veterans—with either mild traumatic brain injuries that are not being recognized or cases or post-traumatic stress,” Fairman said at the press conference announcing the bill, “because they’ve experienced a trauma, they just haven’t been properly documented.”

Brown said those injuries and experiences may seem minor at the time, but they can lead to big problems later.

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