January 27, 2020
Following a remark from President Donald Trump stating that he does not consider potential traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to be a serious condition, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is demanding he apologize.
“The VFW expects an apology from the president to our service men and women for his misguided remarks,” said William “Doc” Schmitz, VFW National Commander. “And, we ask that he and the White House join with us in our efforts to educate Americans of the dangers TBI has on these heroes as they protect our great nation in these trying times.”
The Pentagon recently announced that 34 US service members* were diagnosed with TBIs after the January 8 Iranian attack. According to President Trump, he said that some troops “had headaches, and a couple of other things, but I would say, and I can report, it's not very serious.”
According to the Pentagon, the January 8 attack occurred as retaliation for the January 2 US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general. Further, of the 34 service members, 17 of those who were injured have returned to Iraq.
The VFW explained that TBIs are serious injuries. They often cause both short- and long-term effects, including depression, memory loss, severe headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.
“Our warriors require our full support more than ever in this challenging environment,” he expressed.
The VFW is a nonprofit organization that is comprised of eligible veterans and military service members. They offer programs and services that work to support veterans, service members, their families, and communities.
Veterans of Foreign Wars. VFW expects apology from POTUS [press release]. https://www.vfw.org/media-and-events/latest-releases/archives/2020/1/vfw-expects-apology-from-potus. Published January 24, 2020. Accessed January 27, 2020.