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Sunday, December 9, 2012

TBI and PTSD Veterans getting help from oxygen

Pure oxygen treatment brings hope for vet with TBI
by JAKE WHITTENBERG
KING 5 News
kvue.com
Posted on December 7, 2012

Anyone who meets Jeff Brennan face-to-face probably can't tell he's struggling with the after-effects of service-related injuries suffered decades ago.

But the former Marine sergeant has endured more than a decade of agonizing physical pain, emotional distress and complications from a Traumatic Brain Injury.

"I get what's called 'night terrors,' and I can't sleep," he said. Brennan also suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Many of his injuries come from artillery barrages during combat on the border between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. He also was injured during a fall from a training tower in the late 1980s and suffered complications from nose surgery.

In the years since, he lost 60 percent of his vision and relied on handfuls of daily medication to function in normal life.

"We were taking pills called nerve agent pretreatment pills and that really caused a lot of this stuff to happen," Jeff said. "What I go though would kill most people."
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