Bill Aiding Wounded Vets to Reach House Floor Next Week
The Fiscal 2009 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs spending bill should reach the House of Representatives next week. Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee approved their version of the bill. The Senate version contained language directing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish cooperative agreements with public and private groups to treat soldiers with brain injury returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and to expand their own pool of specialized TBI resources. BIAA has applauded the Senate bill which may mark the beginning of improvements needed for soldiers with brain injuries. The House version contained an allocation of $200 million to improve access to care where Veterans Health Administration services are not available. This may include TBI and rehabilitative services.
We await the approval of the funds needed by our veterans with TBI.