FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2006
CONGRESS WOULD LEAVE AN ESTIMATED 150,000 TROOPS AT RISK FOR
SERIOUS BRAIN DAMAGE
House and Senate Would Cut Defense Appropriations Funding for
Traumatic Brain Injury Research and Treatment by 1/2
Statement by Jonathan Powers, Associate Director of Veterans for America,
And Bobby Muller, Chairman of Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation
Jonathan Powers, associate director of Veterans for America, and former Army Captain who served in Iraq, said:
“Cutting funding for traumatic brain injury is a moral outrage, and that’s the bottom line. As an Iraq War veteran, I believe there is no greater decision our country can make than to decide to go to war, so there should be an equally high priority for Congress and the American people to provide medical care for our soldiers both on the battlefield and when they return home.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a signature wound of the Iraq War, and given the 10 percent of soldiers already suffering from TBI, it is on the path to becoming one of the most frequent injuries suffered by our troops in Iraq. Our men and women who bravely serve in the U.S. armed forces are our Nation’s number one most important military asset, yet Congress cannot find $19 million dollars in a defense appropriations bill that is likely to cost upwards of $370 billion?