U.S. Army moves to act fast on battlefield brain injuries.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Raymond A. Estes/Released…

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Raymond A. Estes/Released

“We were rolling on a mounted patrol,” he says. “I was in the lead vehicle, which hit an IED [improvised explosive device]. I hit my head, blacked out for a little bit.”

At first Dollman shook it off as his platoon pursued the insurgent fighter who set off the bomb. Within an hour he was feeling the aftereffects of the blast: He threw up and his head hurt.

The medic said Dollman was a sure bet for traumatic brain injury. TBI is often caused by blasts: A roadside bomb explodes and the concussive effect violently shakes the brain inside the skull. Sometimes there are symptoms. Sometimes there are not.

Dollman wanted to stay with his platoon, but the medic wasn’t having it. A chopper flew him to the hospital at Kandahar Airfield.

Read the rest of Quil Lawrence’s article at NPR.

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