“As of today, 64 US service members have been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI. 14 additional service members have been diagnosed with TBI since the previous report,” the department said in a statement on late Thursday.
According to the Pentagon, 39 servicemen with TBI have already returned to duty.
“We'll continue to monitor them the rest of their lives, actually, and continue to provide whatever treatment is necessary. And we take great pride in the fact that these are our own and we're going to take care of them,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said, as quoted by the statement.
On January 8, Iran launched 16 missiles at the Erbil and al-Asad airbases in Iraq, following a US airstrike that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on January 3.