Research Provides New Medical Information in Blast-Related Brain Injuries –

The latest study by Lancet Neurology involved examining the brains of eight veterans, all exposed to blasts in combat, revealed microscopic scarring in certain parts of the brain. This type of scarring and change patterns have previously been undetected by CT and MRI scans. It was been called an “invisible wound” for this reason. Researchers with the Defense Department’s Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine say the results could account for the physical and behavioral changes seen in some service members following their return from combat. Further research is necessary to develop ways to prevent, diagnosis, and treat the effects of concussion or impact-related injuries.
Source: Military Times

Army Veteran to Paddleboard 3,500 Miles for PTSD Awareness –

Josh Collins, a former special operator in the Army, is paddleboarding 3,500 miles from Corpus Christi, Texas to New York City to raise awareness of veteran suicides, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injuries. Collins has experienced PTSD firsthand and has found comfort and motivation in stand-up paddleboarding. So far, Collins’ mission to help veterans has raised more than $150,000 for the Task Force Dagger Foundation, a Texas-based nonprofit. Collins hopes to arrive in NYC by the end of July. For more information on his journey, please visit
Source: The Virginia Pilot

Panama Canal Celebrates New Expansion –

On June 26th, 2016, the newly expanded Panama Canal was finally open to large ships carrying up to 14,000 containers, known as neo-Panamax ships. It took nearly 10 years to complete the $5.4 billion effort to expand the canal. The opening party was hosted by the Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and included at least 70 country leaders. The expansion is anticipated to bring increased revenue to Panama. Some U.S. officials urged to not only focus on the positive aspects of the expansion, and cautioned that the larger canal and ships could mean increased drug activity through the area.
Source: USA Today

Iraqi Government Takes Back Control of Fallujah –

Following a five-week campaign, Iraqi security forces once again have “100 percent control” over Fallujah, which was occupied by ISIS forces since January 2014. Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahad al-Saadi, a senior Iraqi military commander, informed the Associated Press that the city was “fully liberated” on Sunday. More than 85,000 civilians fled the city once the battle began and there has been allegations that some civilians faced abuse by the Iraqi forces. Investigations have been launched by Iraq looking into this matter.
Source: ABC News