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Retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Ed Rasmussen experienced multiple concussions and now tells others who may have experienced a TBI to “talk to somebody you know who has one — because we’re out there.”
We talk a lot about the challenges that military families face but we also need to talk about the tremendous strength that they bring to those challenges.
Concussions affect everyone differently. Not all symptoms improve at the same rate—some take longer than others.
These men are heroes not just for what they survived. They are heroes for living through fifty years of civilians who don’t understand them and loved ones who walk away in tears from actions and responses that, to these men, seem completely normal.
I, personally, never use the word warrior for anyone but a combat veteran. But I do not call them warriors because of what they did during war. I call them warriors because of what they do every single day since returning from war.