Wednesday, September 24, 2008

VA & Traumatic Brain Injuries

The Washington Post reports that a new VA regulation permits veterans with the mildest form of traumatic brain injury to receive up to a 40% disability rating; up from a max of 10%. This is great news! Our veterans are better protected against some injuries, but returning vets who have suffered some form of traumatic brain injury (from an IED explosion, for example) could suffer memory loss, chronic headaches, anxiety, or other symptoms that could interfere with their ability to succeed in life. Now, I don't want to make everyone into a "victim" here, not everyone who served is disabled, but if there really is a traumatic brain injury that really does interfere with a vet's ability to function normally; then giving them some disability is the right thing to do. We owe it to them!

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