September 16, 2010 Reporting by ProPublica and NPR has led a congressman to ask the Pentagon to review decisions to deny Purple Hearts to some soldiers suffering from mild traumatic brain injuries.
September 9, 2010 The Purple Heart is the most powerful symbol that a soldier has sacrificed for his or her country. For generations, the military has awarded Purple Hearts to soldiers wounded in action. But an investigation by NPR and ProPublica has found that Army commanders routinely deny Purple Hearts to soldiers who've suffered concussions from explosions — even though Army regulations say they merit the award. Four soldiers have struggled to get Purple Hearts — and medical help.
September 9, 2010 NPR News/ProPublica Investigation: Army commanders have routinely denied Purple Hearts to soldiers who have sustained mild traumatic brain injuries in Iraq, despite regulations that make such wounds eligible for the medal.
July 1, 2010 After soldiers' reports of problems, officials at Fort Bliss tell a congressman that they will review the base's care for traumatic brain injuries. But the base is now providing information that seems to contradict earlier statements.
June 30, 2010 The Pentagon now says that a general who led the military’s effort to handle brain injuries was asked to step down. A spokeswoman for the general had earlier said that the reassignment was routine.
June 29, 2010 The new rules address weaknesses in the handling of mild traumatic brain injuries, requiring rest periods and enhanced tracking for soldiers exposed to blasts.
June 24, 2010 In the wake of a series on traumatic brain injuries, reported by NPR and ProPublica, the leader of the Pentagon's premiere program for treatment and research into brain injury and post traumatic stress disorders has unexpectedly stepped down.
June 9, 2010 Even when traumatic brain injury is diagnosed in soldiers, many find they have to fight to get adequate treatment. Medical records show brain-injured soldiers at Fort Bliss have been told that their main problems are psychological, not related to blasts. Some soldiers have turned to clinics outside the military to get help.
June 9, 2010 An NPR-ProPublica investigation found that the U.S. military often fails to diagnose mild traumatic brain injuries in troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The investigation also revealed that many soldiers receive little or no treatment for lingering health problems after suffering brain injuries.
June 8, 2010 The military medical system is failing to diagnose tens of thousands of soldiers who suffer brain injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan, an investigation by NPR and ProPublica finds. Brain trauma can cause lasting physical and cognitive damage, but the military continues to overlook the injury, and many soldiers receive little or no treatment.
June 8, 2010 NPR obtains Pentagon-issued talking points about traumatic brain injuries, issued in response to NPR investigation.
February 13, 2010 Many in the U.S. are looking toward Canada right now as the Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver. But one Canadian there is looking longingly toward America. Like many artists, singer-songwriter Joanna Chapman-Smith has discovered that if you want to make it in music, you need to tour the U.S. And if you're Canadian, that can be a problem.
January 21, 2010 The Army said it's going to decide whether psychiatrists at Walter Reed Army Medical Center "failed to take appropriate action" against shooting suspect Nidal Hasan and were "derelict" in their duties. Among the doctors apparently under investigation is the only supervisor who actively tried to kick Hasan out of the psychiatry program.