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Aftershock: The Blast That Shook Psycho Platoon (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

T. Christian Miller , Daniel Zwerdling
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Book Description

Five soldiers injured in the same 2009 bomb blast are a case study in a new
epidemic among America's troops, who are grappling with a combination of
concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Editorial Reviews Review

Soldier's heart. Combat fatigue. PTSD. TBI. Its symptoms are various, and no one is a smoking gun. But thousands of soldiers are suffering the effects, which include nightmares, headaches, memory loss, and--in the case explored here--suicidal tendencies culminating in a 100-mile-per-hour, three-hour police chase and armed standoff. In early 2009, while relaxing at Camp Liberty outside of Baghdad, the soldier in question survived a rocket attack while playing the video game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, a detail worth its weight in threadbare irony, considering the repercussions. T. Christian Miller (ProPublica) and Daniel Zwerdling (NPR) frame their story in a timely and thorough investigation of war's "invisible" wounds and the wider epidemic with which science and the armed forces are struggling in the midst of battle. --Jason Kirk

Product Details

  • File Size: 109 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Publisher: ProPublica (March 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SUOY78
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mind Blowing View of Traumatic Brain Injuries March 22, 2011
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Propublica's T. Christian Miller and NPR's Daniel Zwerdling have weaved a tale of horror that is happening today to many members of our military. This terror is known as a Traumatic Brain Injury, and this piece chronicles the lives of many of our esteemed members of the military that are having to deal with this. Engrossing, and free. You should read it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating PTSD case studies March 22, 2011
By meik1
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This contains gripping accounts of well written case studies of PTSD in soldiers. I found the psychological aspects of war horrifying, yet hard to put down. This is a single I will revisit, since it really piqued my interest.
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As the mother of a soldier who has done 3 tours in Iraq, I was drawn to read this and afraid to at the same time. I am very glad I overcame my fear and read it. It is certainly time for some light to be shed on the issues of PTSD and TBI.

I found "Aftershock" to be an all-to-real portrayal of what our soldiers deal with in combat zones as well as what they must contend with when they come home. The details gave me not only a better understanding of what happens to soldiers in combat, but much, much more important, what the signs of PTSD and TBI are, especially in the long term. It also put into words what I know in my heart: You can't just bring soldiers back from war zones and drop them off with a pat on the back and expect everything to be fine. They need help readjusting to civilian life.

I was saddened by the individual stories, but heartened somewhat to to read that the military powers-that-be are trying to get a handle on the problem and to learn that there is some hope on the horizon. Too bad, the soldiers have to fight so hard to get the care they need.

For anyone who is interested in the less obvious but serious consequences modern warfare has on the brave men and women who put their lives in danger for us, I really recommend giving this article a read. If you have a family member or friend in the military, you should definitely read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Injuries you can't see March 24, 2011
By North
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) and mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) affect soldiers coming back from tours of duties in Iraq in increasing large numbers. The link between both disorders is unclear but it looks like one may cause or complicate the other. Symptoms are often the same : loss of cognitive abilities, headaches, anxiety attacks etc. A soldier goes to war and comes back a different person with lingering problems that will impact his life and his family.

This article does a beautiful job of putting faces on the problem. From the real stories and struggles of five soldiers, the authors show the efforts doctors put into assessing and helping the affected men. It also shows the cracks in the system and the need for research. Neurology as a field has much to learn and science is forever evolving. And while the military debates on the science or can not move for lack of ressources, veterans are suffering.

Well written, well researched, this article presents the case without being overly emotional or needlessly critical. Very well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing tale of modern war's lingering effects August 1, 2011
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I have a good friend who suffered a brain injury as the result of a childhood accident. Today it would be called traumatic brain injury, but back then it was just an injury to be treated with a plate implanted in his skull. Over the years I've seen his condition deteriorate until he was finally placed on total disability as a result of something that happened more than 20 years ago.

I thought of that friend often as I read the NPR/ProPublica Kindle single Aftershock. The story details the still-evolving treatment of traumatic brain injuries. For my friend, the injury was the result of a car accident. For the soliders in Aftershock, the injuries were from explosions that resulted in seemingly minor concussions.

While few of the soldiers showed any outward injuries, the concussions caused by their proximity to explosions carried tell-tale symptoms like head aches, a ringing in the ears and problems concentrating to far more serious symptoms like memory lapses, anger and violence to suicide. For the most seriously affected member of Psycho Platoon, it meant a serious and nearly successful attempt to commit "suicide by cop" when he returned to the U.S.

While military physicians are only becoming to come to terms with the effects of traumatic brain injuries, soliders are coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan daily who have suffered such trauma. Aftershock is more than an outline of the problem; it's also a call to understand TBIs and to develop new treatments for its victims. As such, this is essential reading to anyone who has served in the Middle East conflicts or cares about someone who has.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why traditional media is failing March 24, 2011
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This joint article with NPR and ProPublica is so well structured, informative, and riveting. True, patriotic journalists have been bringing up these stories of returning veterans and their struggles re-adjusting to daily life, yet so little is seemingly being done for them in the US. Although this article is quite long, it is thoroughly informative and moving - more importantly, unbiased - that I hope readers will appreciate the work done and be moved for change.

Because NPR produces works like this, I fear very little in what the Republican-defunding movement will do to NPR's future reporting.
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More About the Author

T. Christian Miller is an award-winning investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times. In ten years as a professional journalist and foreign correspondent, Miller has covered four wars, a presidential campaign and reported from more than two dozen countries. He has won numerous accolades for his work in both the U.S. and abroad, including the Livingston Award for international reporting, one of the most competitive and prestigious reporting prizes in American journalism.

Miller was the only journalist in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to covering the Iraqi reconstruction. In nearly two years of following the money trail, Miller's groundbreaking work has been followed by the expulsion of a top Pentagon official, the cancellation of a major arms contract and the initiation of several investigations. Miller's recently published book, Blood Money: Wasted Billions, Lost Lives and Corporate Greed in Iraq (Little, Brown, Aug. 2006), has won widespread critical acclaim. The Washington Post called it one of the 'indispensable' books on Iraq.

Prior to coming to Washington, Miller was a foreign correspondent based in Bogot', Colombia where he covered that nation's guerrilla conflict and its connection to Washington's war on drugs. In 2000, Miller covered the presidential campaign of George W. Bush. Miller has appeared on radio and television, including NPR's All Things Considered and MSNBC.

Miller, 36, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with highest honors. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two young children.


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