Friday, August 10, 2012

An arm or a leg

It took 3 years for the military and Ben Richards to agree he had a brain injury. At first he soldiered on and did not seek help. Then the VA fumbled the ball for years, behavior that would never be tolerated in a soldier. Major Richards says it would be easier if he had lost a leg.

He left Iraq with arms and legs still attached. No visible injury. So his story is the virtual record, the only way to know something is missing. It's humiliating to tell it. He sees telling the story as an act of service, to bring awareness and better treatment for vets with TBI.

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