Last week, we told you about a study in which
active-duty soldiers who’d suffered multiple traumatic brain injuries were found to consider suicide more often than those who hadn’t
suffered a concussion. This week, we’ve learned that an Ohio nonprofit
group is sending local veterans with traumatic brain injuries out of state
to be studied.

According to the Columbus
Dispatch, Dr. Michael Lipton, associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance
Research Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will conduct
MRIs as 50 participants perform tasks involving short-term memory, inattention,
and impulsiveness.

Those participants include 25 Ohio veterans with
traumatic brain injuries and one brother or other close male relative each, so the doctor can compare
a damaged brain to a healthy brain and rule out factors such as genetics
and upbringing.

Traumatic brain injuries occur when the brain is jarred or shaken inside
the skull, such as in a car or
truck accident. Army veteran Ryan Gleich “suffered his most significant brain injury
in 2003 outside Baghdad when a roadside bomb lifted the tail end of his
Humvee from the road and tossed him across the vehicle,” the
Dispatch reported.

Almost immediately, Gleich became antisocial, “ultra-aggressive,”
and forgetful, which led to his divorce. Six years later, the 33-year-old
has remarried and found help from support groups, but he still finds it
difficult to motivate himself to leave the house, he said.

“Chase Russell was injured in multiple close-range explosions in
2010 and 2011 in Afghanistan,” per the
Dispatch. “The worst was in September 2011, when a suicide bomber blew up
his base.”

Like Gleich, the 25-year-old veteran has shut himself off from friends.
He also has a hard time keeping a job and lacks the focus to go to college.
“Nothing is really the same as it used to be,” he said.

Below, Cleveland brain injury attorney Chris Mellino discusses the difference
between a head injury and a brain injury, common causes, and symptoms.