A total of 34 U.S. troops have been treated for Traumatic Brain Injury following Iran's recent ballistic missile attack on Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Friday.

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An aerial view of the Pentagon building in Washington, June 15, 2005. (Reuters/Jason Reed JIR/CN)

THE PENTAGON — While speaking to reporters on Friday, Chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman dismissed the idea that soldiers' injuries from the Jan. 8 Iranian attack was downplayed in order to advance a "political agenda" and de-escalate the situation with Iran.

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An Army veteran who was deported last year is back in Chicago this week to fight for citizenship, hoping to stay in the country he's called home since he was a child.

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A Torrington Police Department cruiser (WFSB photo)

TORRINGTON, Conn. -- Former police officer Jason Cooling has sued the city of Torrington, claiming the Police Department failed to appropriately accommodate his efforts and created a hostile, threatening work environment as he dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from his service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to the complaint filed in the case, Cooling became a Torrington police officer in February 2008.

He was a member of the Marine Corps reserves at the time; during his time in the military he served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, which left him with "multiple physical and mental disabilities," including a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, the suit claims.

In the complaint, Cooling alleges he was discriminated against in several ways as he sought to treat the after-effects of his time at war.

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Tom note: The following paragraphs are the scariest thing I have read in a long time. They are excerpted from a new book The Many Faces of War.

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The Integrated Head Protection System will make its debut in 2020. (DoD photo)

For the last two decades, the Army’s protective headgear has gone largely unchanged. But after four years of developing a new ballistics helmet, 111 combat engineers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are now testing out the Integrated Head Protection System, Army Times reports.

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