Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Calls for Increased Research on Link between Concussions and Brain Damage

May 2012

Washington, DC - New research published in the medical journal Neurosurgical Focus shows a connection between concussions caused by blasts in Iraq and Afghanistan and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain degenerative condition. In light of the vital importance of these new findings, the Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) calls for immediate and continued research on this link and more measures to treat and prevent head injuries in our war zones.

CTE is a condition known for affecting athletes who have experienced repeated blows to the head in sports like boxing and football. It is associated with the impairment and degeneration of cells in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, which regulate impulse control, memory, judgment, and mood.

This new research is based off of the brain autopsy of a young Marine with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who committed suicide. It suggests that PTSD in war veterans could also actually be a result of a physical disease rather than merely a psychological disease.

In order to better assist Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in the years to come, JWV advocates for more funding for critical research in this area. In addition, there must be a commitment from the military to equip our service men and women with the proper gear to prevent head injuries.

About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is the oldest active veterans’ organization in America. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice, and discrimination of all kinds. As a national organization, JWV represents the voice of America’s Jewish veterans on issues related to veterans’ benefits, foreign policy, and national security. JWV also commits itself to the assistance of oppressed Jews worldwide.


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