Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have become the most prevalent injury seen in veterans returning from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. In an effort to provide better care, President Obama signed The McNerny Bill into law.
McNerny, a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, wrote the bill to advance available health care for those veterans suffering from TBIs. The bill was signed in under the incredibly comprehensive Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers have struggled to keep up with treating the sheer amount of veterans suffering from TBIs requiring care. At the same time as they administer “traditional” treatments, the VA is always trying to develop new and improved ways in which to treat these veterans.
Because of this bill, the VA will be much better prepared to provide the required treatment to those suffering veterans. The bill creates a panel to first evaluate how the VA provides medical treatment to veterans with TBIs and second to make annual recommendations about how the VA can improve. Additionally, the bill provides for education and training programs focused on TBIs for VA health providers.
10,963 service members had been diagnosed with TBIs in 2000. By December 2009 that number was 27,862. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center lists the leading causes as:
- War-zone blasts;
- Gunfire; and
This legislation is much needed as there are so many veterans in need of care. It is hoped this bill will aid those veterans suffering from TBIs get the progressive care they require.
Learn more about the McNerny Bill and how it will help veterans suffering from TBIs.
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