From the Fayetteville Observer

Last updated: January 30. 2014 9:20PM - 705 Views
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Traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress are the signature wounds of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Insurgents’ extensive use of improvised explosive devices has made head trauma more common than ever.

Through it all, military medical facilities have struggled to improve their treatment for those injuries. They’ve made great progress, but are still finding new ways to coordinate treatment and put the needed resources in the right place.

Head trauma specialists and their patients at Fort Bragg will soon benefit from more of that cooperation, thanks to the efforts of a nonprofit group.

It’s an important development. So much so that Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commander of Fort Bragg and the 18th Airborne Corps, delayed his deployment to Afghanistan for a few days to take part in the groundbreaking Friday for the Fort Bragg Intrepid Spirit Center.

The center will be the fourth of its kind in the nation. Funded by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes fund, the $11 million building will serve at least 1,000 soldiers a year, drawing on the research of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Our warriors make enormous sacrifices for our nation. It’s good to see donors eager to repay the great debt we owe them.

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