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 American flag lines the inside of a U.S. Soldier's helmet at Forward Operating Base Azim Jan Karez in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's comment Wednesday that U.S. troops suffering concussion-like symptoms had "not very serious" injuries clashed with a yearslong, hard-fought U.S. military campaign to spread the message that a brain injury is not something to be minimized.

Trump was referring to at least 11 cases of troops in Iraq reporting symptoms that officials said may or may not turn out to be so-called traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs.

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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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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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Mild traumatic brain injury may sound like an oxymoron, along the lines of “jumbo shrimp” or “random order.” But a new study shows that mild TBIs can have serious consequences for military veterans by raising their risk of dementia.

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Service members risk brain damage when operating shoulder-fired heavy weapons like the AT4, LAW, and Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle, according to a new report by the Center for a New American Security.

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