Seventeen service members who were injured returned to service in Iraq, sixteen of whom were treated locally in the country.
Nine service members are still being treated in Germany. Eight other service members who had been flown to Germany since then have been sent to the United States for further treatment. The eight service members, who arrived in the United States on Friday morning, will be treated at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center or hospitals in their home bases.
Although traumatic brain injuries are not always evident immediately after they have been suffered, disclosure of injured members of the US service indicates that the impact of the attack has been more severe than the initial ratings indicated.
The Pentagon and President Donald Trump had initially stated that no member of the service had been injured or killed in the Iranian missile attack on January 8, which was retaliation for the January 2 U.S. drone strike that killed a high Iranian general.
Hoffman said Friday that the Department of Defense will review its processes to track and report injuries suffered by service members.
“The goal is to be transparent, precise and to provide the American people and members of our service with the best information on the huge sacrifices our war fighters make,” Hoffman told reporters on Friday.
During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump was asked to explain the discrepancy between his previous comments that no US service member was injured in the January 8 Iranian missile attack on Al Air Force Base. -Asad in Iraq, and the latest reports of US troops being treated for the injuries sustained in that attack.
“No, I heard they had headaches and a couple of other things, but I would say, and I can say that it is not very serious,” Trump replied at a press conference.
The most common form of TBI in the army is mild TBI, according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.
Traumatic brain injuries are not always evident immediately after they have been suffered.