Traumatic Brain Injury: Special Reports this week

Traumatic Brain Injury: Special Reports this week »Play Video

Mark your calendar or set your DVR for this special series, which airs on KVAL 13 TV News starting Wednesday, Nov. 3

EUGENE, Ore. – A silent and invisible epidemic has become the signature injury among Oregon servicemen and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It’s called Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Of the roughly 1.6 million service members nationwide who’ve gone to Iraq or Afghanistan since 2003, it’s estimated that that one in have TBI.

The numbers of service members returning with TBI is staggering. But only half of those who have brain injury are being treated, and according to a 2008 Rand study those who do receive treatment receive "minimally adequate care."

So what is TBI? Why are we seeing surging numbers of it, and why are only half of those with TBI receiving treatment?

We put the questions to the Veterans Administration (VA), Oregon's senior senator, cognitive specialists and the service members themselves.

In a three-part series, we take a deep look into TBI as experienced by soldiers in Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry.

Watch a story on the upcoming series on KVAL 13 TV News:

IEDs killed four of Bravo Company’s service members and those explosions are part of the reason 100 percent of the company’s soldiers returned with TBI.

KVAL News talks to one local soldier who describes multiple IED blasts he survived and how the impact of those blasts has affected his brain, his relationships and every day activities as simple as tying shoes.

Mark your calendar or set your DVR for this special series, which airs on KVAL 13 TV News starting Wednesday, Nov. 3 

Do you suffer from TBI? Share your story by posting a comment or contacting KVAL News