With all the conflicting reports in regards to the number of wounded from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) it seems impossible to get an accurate account of how many of our service members have suffered brain injuries in these conflicts. From earlier stated statistics 73% of all wounded are from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), of that number 68% suffer brain injuries, of which 10% are considered “severe” resulting in coma* and needing, long term hospitalization, continued treatments, and in-patient rehabilitation. Utilizing the currently reported DOD statistics** and these percentages, the number of Active Duty Military suffering brain injuries are now reported as being in the tens of thousands.
DOD Official: 18,777 July 1st 2006
Estimated: 20,000 - 48,100