Today I was watching C-Span and saw an interesting program that originally was broadcast on Wednesday. I’m not a supporter of the Iraq War but I personally know several young men and women from our community who are serving there. As a parent I know how much their Moms and Dads must worry about the life and welfare of their children.
These helmet upgrades do three things.
If it is more comfortable, it will stay on troop’s head longer and more often. Keeps the helmet firmly on the head and out of the eyes.
Shock-absorbing pads keep the helmet from slapping the skull when hit with blast forces, fragments, or being tumbled along the ground or inside a vehicle. This decreases the chance of brain injury from bombs, RPG’s, vehicle accidents, falls, etc.
As a secondary benefit, the pads make the helmet actually float in water.The cost of one of these helmet inserts is about $75. The cost of caring for a brain-injured veteran for his or her lifetime is about 3 million dollars.
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