Pentagon Ordered to Add Blast Exposure to Troops’ Medical Histories

26 Dec 2019 | By Richard Sisk
Congress has directed the Pentagon to document troops’ blast exposures in combat and training and include the information in their medical histories to help determine whether they are eligible for treatment and service-connected benefits.

According to language in the $738 billion defense bill signed into law last Friday by President Donald Trump, the histories will also “inform future blast exposure risk mitigation efforts of the Department of Defense.”

The legislation also requires the DoD and service branches to report to Congress within a year on their progress compiling the histories.

According to a provision in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, the histories should include the date of the blast exposure and its duration. If possible, “the measured blast pressure experienced by the individual during such exposure” should also be included.


Author: Dian Welle