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The U.S. military is trying to figure out whether certain heavy weapons are putting U.S. troops in danger.

The concern centers on the possibility of brain injuries from shoulder-fired weapons like the Carl Gustaf, a recoilless rifle that resembles a bazooka and is powerful enough to blow up a tank.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder affects an estimated 7.7 million American adults in a given year, yet this illness is largely underserved by the medical community. Many people afflicted with PTSD do not or cannot seek treatment.

President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday at the Capitol.

The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs.

Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

A version of this story previously ran as part of The American Homefront Project, a national reporting collaboration from member stations WUNC, KUOW and KPCC.

It's easy to forget that the U.S. military still has troops taking turns serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. More than 13,000 of them are there now and as one group rotates in, another rotates out and the deployment cycles continue.

From Texas Standard:

Nearly one million military reservists have deployed around the world since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Pentagon's Defense Manpower Data Center. Many of those reservists and Guard members rely on receiving benefits under the GI Bill once they return from abroad.


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