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Fort Campbell therapy program evaluates ability to redeploy

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FORT CAMPBELL, KY (WSMV) -

A unique therapy program at Fort Campbell helps soldiers recover from traumatic brain injuries and puts them through intense physical and mental challenges to evaluate whether they are ready to redeploy.

"We need to create a little more stressful environment because we need to make sure these guys are able to perform under a combat environment," said Dr. Theresa Benchoff, medical director.

One of the soldiers going through the program is Spc. Mark Rogers, who had physical wounds from an IED blast along with things you can't see, like memory problems and post-traumatic stress.

Those issues are addressed through months of intense therapy and then put to the test at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence Satellite at Fort Campbell.

A simulation has the men face enemy fire and mass casualties while doctors and therapists grade their every move.

Doctors who oversee the program say these scenarios help them decide if a soldier is ready to redeploy, and it's a decision they don't take lightly.

"This is one of the most important professions in our country, and so they have to be proficient. They have to be strong and know what they are doing," Benchoff said.

The goal is to evaluate whether the soldiers are strong enough to make it back to the front lines where Rogers wants to be.

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