When U.S. President Donald Trump seemed to downplay traumatic brain injuries sustained by American troops in an Iranian missile strike, UWindsor nursing professor Kate Kemplin knew she needed to speak out.
Not only has she dedicated years of her life to studying brain injuries sustained in combat — she has witnessed first-hand the toll these injuries can take on a person. Her ex-husband, Michael Froede, sustained such an injury while serving with the U.S. army in Iraq, which Dr. Kemplin says eventually led to his death by suicide in June of last year.
In the weeks that followed a missile strike by Iran against an American base, more than 100 U.S. soldiers were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries, which Trump referred to as “headaches,” saying they were not as serious as injuries involving the loss of limbs.
Kemplin says she feels inspired to continue her research on the subject. She discussed the issue with CBC journalist Katerina Georgieva, who prepared a report aired last week on several platforms. Read her story on the CBC website.