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Panetta pressed on troop brain injuries
The co-chairman of a congressional task force on brain injury asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to account for potentially thousands of troops who suffered concussions in Iraq or Afghanistan and were never diagnosed or treated.
Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., citing a USA TODAY story Thursday about enhanced efforts to diagnose brain injuries implemented in 2010, expressed concern in a letter to Panetta that troops wounded before then could “slip through the cracks.” The Pentagon declined to comment. Last spring, 16 troops per day suffered brain injuries, most of them mild and because of blast exposure, Pentagon data showed. —