Tuesday, August 22, 2006

War On The Cheap.

This has been under the radar as the news has been swamped with JeanBenet 24/7 but USA reported on 08/08/06.

Center for war-related brain injuries faces budget cut
Posted 8/8/2006
By Gregg Zoroya,
USA TODAY (link)

Congress appears ready to slash funding for the research and treatment of brain injuries caused by bomb blasts, an injury that military scientists describe as a signature wound of the Iraq war.

House and Senate versions of the 2007 Defense appropriation bill contain $7 million for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center — half of what the center received last fiscal year....

....Preliminary research by the center shows that about 10% of all troops in Iraq, and up to 20% of front line infantry troops, suffer concussions during combat tours. Many experience headaches, disturbed sleep, memory loss and behavior issues after coming home, the research shows....

....The Pentagon so far has declined to do the screening and argues that more research is needed.

Why is the Republican dominated Congrsss, who bashes us over the head with "Support the Troops" not supporting the troops? Join with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (link) to tell the Republican Congress our vets deserve the best care possible!

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