More than 5,800 service members have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – over 4 times the number of injured veterans requiring an amputation.
Veterans who have suffered a severe TBI must relearn the most basic skills, sometimes including how to walk, communicate with family and friends, shop, cook, and how to perform other daily activities that are essential for living independently in the community.
Severely wounded warriors often receive state of the art medical care while they are in the acute phase of their recovery, but once a veteran returns home, these services often end too soon, causing them to lose important gains in their recovery. Long-term support services – such as supported employment, community reintegration therapy, and other services that fall outside of the medical model – are often out of reach for these veterans despite being essential to their success in the community.
We can’t let a warrior lose ground on the road to recovery, because services aren’t available or have been cut off too soon.
A new piece of legislation introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate (H.R. 1855 / S. 957) will ensure veterans receive the necessary rehabilitative care throughout their entire recovery and that they will be entitled to the full range of services needed for independence and greater quality of life.
Take Action! Please contact your members of Congress and urge them to support The Veterans’ Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services Act of 2011.