For nearly 10 years, Tech. Sgt. David Nafe was largely in the dark as he fought memory loss, migraines, mood swings and stigma.
Nothing was the same after a 2005 blast of incoming mortars at a base in Balad, Iraq, that left no outward injuries. For eight years until his head injury was diagnosed, birthdays were inexplicably forgotten, anniversaries missed and Nafe’s job performance suffered.
Now, 11 years later, Nafe’s war wound has finally been acknowledged with the Purple Heart, the result of a push from a Stuttgart special operations headquarters that has made the recognition and treatment of traumatic brain injuries