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Army Doctors Tell Soldiers With Brain Injuries to 'Stop Complaining'

Despite the pledges of military leaders, brain trauma remains undiagnosed in tens of thousands of troops.

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Records show the neurologist dismissed the notion that Dyarman's "minor head concussions" were the source of her troubles, and said her symptoms were "likely substantially attributable" to PTSD and migraine headaches.

"It was disappointing," she said. "It felt like nobody cared."

When she was later given a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury by Veterans Affairs doctors, she said she felt vindicated, yet cheated all at once.

"I always put the military first, even before my family and friends. Now looking back, I wonder if I did the right thing," she said. "I served my country. Now what's my country doing for me?"

Daniel Zwerdling has been an investigative reporter for NPR since 1980. He has won the DuPont, Peabody, Edward R. Murrow and Robert F. Kennedy awards for investigative reporting. T. Christian Miller is a senior reporter for ProPublica and the author of 'Blood Money: Wasted Billions, Lost Lives, and Corporate Greed in Iraq.'