At Project Share, started by Atlanta philanthropist Bernie Marcus, brain-injured troops get cognitive therapy rehabilitation to relearn basic tasks of life — care the Pentagon’s Tricare health plan won’t pay for.
The military medical system is failing to diagnose brain injuries in troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom receive little or no treatment for lingering health problems, an investigation by ProPublica and NPR has found. Tens of thousands of troops with mild traumatic brain injuries have gone uncounted, according to unpublished military research obtained by ProPublica and NPR. “When someone’s missing a limb, you can see that,” said Sgt. William Fraas, a Bronze Star recipient. “When someone has a brain injury, you can’t see it, but it’s still serious.”