Soldiers deserve more scrutiny of effects of brain traumas

Memorial Day is not simply about the past and honoring those who died. The wounds of war are carried by every person who has served. Two recent announcements mark an important shift in how the government identifies, treats, and prevents brain injuries sustained in war. A recent study by Boston University researchers about the dangers of combat concussions, coupled with the Army's almost simultaneous decision to review all diagnoses involving post-traumatic stress disorder since 2001, should prompt an overhaul in the military's treatment of brain injuries.