What they were in is called an MRAP (pronounced Emm-Rap), which is a mine resistant (note, not mine proof) vehicle (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Armored Vehicles), which features a “V” shaped bottom, or “hull” which deflects a potential IED blast at an angle rather than having the full force of the explosion impacting squarely into the bottom of the vehicle.
One thing the MRAP doesn’t protect occupants from is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI);
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has become the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) combat vehicles provide proven blast protection. Yet, while these steel vehicles may save life and limb, the human body is susceptible to internal injuries induced by shockwaves from roadside blasts. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is such an injury.
The Force Protection Center for Brain Research, a collaborative that combines the expertise of Force Protection Industries and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), is developing an MRI-compatible “phantom brain” in order to find ways to minimize or prevent the effects of TBI. This knowledge will ultimately be integrated into the design of MRAP vehicles to counter the effects of the shockwaves on the human body – and to save lives.
If you know someone back from Iraq of Afghanistan who may be suffering from TBI, there’s a very good write-up here, complete with a full lesson plan. A lot of good info if you need help understanding what the vet in your life may be going through.
Yeah, I know; from “Hey! Cool video! Lookie!” to a public service announcement. That’s how I roll (ADD posting).
- Traumatic Brain Injury: Advances in TBI Evaluations (offthebase.wordpress.com)
- The Blasted Brain (danapress.typepad.com)
- Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Opens Minds with New Humor Book (prweb.com)
- Marines Tracking Concussions/TBI (theconcussionblog.com)