Explosions from rocket-propelled grenades, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and land mines have killed and wounded many individuals in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). This tip card describes the four types of blast injury and why blasts can damage so many areas of the body.
Traumatic brain injury is often described as the signature wound of OEF and OIF. This tip card explains why the brain is so vulnerable to an injury and how the severity of an injury is determined. It describes the major symptoms of PTSD including reexperiencing, avoidance, numbing, and hyperarousal.
This tip card is a great tool to help service members, families, caregivers and relatives understand the similarities and differences between blast injuries, TBI and PTSD. Written in clear language, it helps educate everyone while also providing support for those living with these conditions every day.