129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Story by Sgt. Manda Walters
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. - When U.S. Army Sgt. Nathan Martucci is asked if he hurt his leg, he has become accustomed to nodding yes and walking away while holding his cane for balance, but he doesn’t have a leg injury.
Martucci’s injury isn’t visible. It’s on the inside. He has a brain injury. A brain injury is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.
The blows and jolts he experienced came from exposure to more than 25 improvised explosive devices that detonated near his tank while conducting route clearance, presence patrol, cordon and search and recovery missions in Iraq with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment of Fort Carson, Colo., in 2005, then again with the 3rd Infantry Division of Fort Stewart, Ga., in 2007.
The month of March has been dedicated to the more than 260,000 military members who have been documented as having varying degrees of brain injury during the past decade.
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