Pentagon now says 109 troops diagnosed with TBIs from Iran missile strike

Abbie Bennett
February 10, 2020 - 4:54 pm
Missile Attack in Iran

Department of Defense

The Pentagon has again increased the number of service members it says have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries from the Iran missile strike on al Asad Air Base in Iraq last month. 

As of today, Defense Department officials said 109 troops have been diagnosed with "mild traumatic brain injuries," up 45 from the 64 previously reported. 

Of those 109:

  • 76 have returned to duty;
  • 27 have been transported to Germany for further evaluation and treatment;
    • 21 of those have been transported to the United States;
    • Five are still being evaluated;
    • One has returned to duty in Iraq;
  • Seven service members are en route from Iraq to Germany. 

“The Defense Department is steadfast in its efforts to deliver programs and services intended to lead to the best possible outcomes for our service members,” Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said in a statement Monday. “We are grateful to the efforts of our medical professionals who have worked diligently to ensure the appropriate level of care for our service members, which has enabled nearly 70 percent of those diagnosed to return to duty. We must continue to address physical and mental health together.”

The Pentagon has yet to identify any of the service members who were injured, or what units they belonged to. 

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