Problems Persist for Returning Vets
Last week, the New York Times reported that the military's medical tracking system, known as the Joint Patient Tracking Application, is replete with shortcomings:
"The Defense Department's inability to get all hospitals to use the system has routinely forced thousands of wounded soldiers to endure long waits for treatment, the officials said, and exposed others to needless testing."
Although the military's medical system of care is one of the most sophisticated systems, its own complexity may be complicating life for vets. There are reports of soldiers not receiving paychecks and receiving lab tests that may be more destructive than helpful. The military's difficult in treating brain injured troops should only serve to underscore the complexity of this injury, and the challenges that it poses for society.