Altrumedia Takes Action to Help American Service Members
Many organizations, including the The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) have recognized March as Brain Injury Awareness Month and we think that’s a great idea.
To highlight the importance of traumatic brain injury (TBI), Altrumedia has donated ten military helmet kits to Operation Helmet, which will go to support an active duty infantry squad.
Starting in 2003, Operation Helmet began assisting combat troops complaining about their government issued (GI) helmet pads.
“We wear our ECH (Enhanced Combat Helmet) every day for 12 plus hours at a time. They are causing my guys to have headaches and they are constantly adjusting their helmets.” wrote one United States Marine.
An Army soldier in Afghanistan wrote, “Pads are uncomfortable, causing discomfort and headaches. Team members constantly have to adjust or remove [their] helmet to alleviate the discomfort. Often times Team members will not wear their helmet when they really should.”
But it all started when Retired Navy Captain, Dr. Robert H. Meaders received his first letter. A letter from a special Marine, his grandson, who was asking for help to protect his unit.
What Dr. Meaders found, and testified to congress, was that while the current GI pads passed the same quality standards other pads, they weren’t the best and they didn’t hold up in real life.
America Could Do Better
According to Dr. Meaders these low quality pads put soldiers in danger with “…sometimes fatal results. And even nonfatal results. If you get hit often enough…you develop chronic traumatic brain injury with neurocognitive problems later in life.”
This is true for service members and the general public alike. In fact, over 50,000 people die each year from TBI in America and the dangers of repeated head trauma are now well known.
Helping people with TBI isn’t something new to our clients. From negligent slip and falls to accidental car crashes, our attorneys know the importance of brain injury awareness.
It’s why we’ve created head injury guides, reported on defective products (including helmets), and promoted safety messaging on-and-offline. And it’s why we’re supporting Operation Helmet today.
To learn more about Operation Helmet and the great work they are doing, visit Operation-Helmet.org. For more information about traumatic brain injury, download our free Head Injury Guide on AccidentAttorneys.org.