SEAL TEAM got it wrong on TBI? Yes they did!
I love this show...but it is because I got hooked on the characters and not technicalities. That is, until the last few shows this year.
Never Out of the Fight
Bravo team's future is on the line when Commander Shaw (Peter Jessop) recommends they be split up, but Jason's unit has one final mission to prove him wrong. (TV-14 L, V) Air Date: May 22, 2019
DoD Issues Purple Heart standards for brain injury
American Forces Press ServiceSo, there you have it. It isn't as if it is a new rule. As you can see, this was released in 2011.
By Jim Garamone
April 28, 2011
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2011 -- U.S. servicemembers have long been eligible to receive the Purple Heart Medal for the signature wounds of the current wars -- mild traumatic brain injuries and concussions -- but now there is more clarity on how medical criteria for the award are applied, Defense Department officials said yesterday.
The criteria for the Purple Heart award state that the injury must have been caused by enemy action or in action against the enemy, and has to be of a degree requiring treatment by a medical officer.
But it may be difficult to determine when a mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI, or a concussive injury that does not result in a loss of consciousness is severe enough to require treatment by a medical officer.
“This is why we created this baseline standard,” DoD spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said.
DoD allows the award of the Purple Heart even if a servicemember was not treated by a medical officer, as long as a medical officer certifies that the injury would have required treatment by a medical officer had one been available.
DoD officials said that as the science of traumatic brain injuries becomes better understood, guidance for award of the medal will evolve.
“The services are not able to speculate as to how many servicemembers may have received a mild TBI or concussion but did not seek or receive medical treatment,” Lainez said. “Therefore, each military department will establish its retroactive review procedures in the near future to ensure deserving servicemembers are appropriately recognized.”
Retroactive reviews would cover injuries suffered since Sept. 11, 2001, she added.
The Marine Corps has issued clarifying guidance to ensure commanders in the field understand when the Purple Heart is appropriate for concussions.
Army officials are preparing to issue their guidance and ask soldiers to wait until submission requirements are published through command channels and on the Human Resources Command website at http://www.hrc.army.mil before submitting or resubmitting nominations for the Purple Heart Medal for concussion injuries.
Once the Army publishes its requirements, officials said, soldiers should resubmit requests through their chains of command.
Maybe it would have been better if they stayed focused on how to prevent suicides...especially with real Navy SEALs and other Special Forces.