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McNerney's Veterans Care Bill Becomes Law

Original post made by Ron, Las Positas, on May 6, 2010

McNerney's veterans care bill becomes law
Legislation would help those suffering traumatic brain injuries

A bill said to improve health care for veterans was signed into law today as part of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act. Written by Congressman Jerry McNerney (11th District), the legislation will help veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Brain injuries are said to be a common injury sustained by service members in Iraq and Afghanistan. The leading cause of traumatic brain injury among active duty military personnel in war zones are blasts, with gunfire and shrapnel contributing as well, according to the Defense and Brain Injury Center. Since 2000, they report the number of military personnel diagnosed has gone from 10,963 to 27,862 as of December 2009.

The legislation will help develop policies for better care and rehabilitation by establishing a panel to assess how the VA treats veterans with traumatic brain injuries and make recommendations for improvement. It would also provide education and training programs for the injury.

"Our men and women in uniform have earned the best possible medical care," McNerney said. "It's up to us to make sure they get that care when they return home. Unfortunately, the signature wounds of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are traumatic brain injuries. I wrote this law so that the Department of Veterans Affairs will be better equipped to provide treatment for our veterans who suffer from these severe injuries."

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Posted by Vet1970
a resident of Valley Trails
on May 6, 2010 at 8:23 am

As a veteran, I'm thankful that McNerney did the right thing and he has my vote come November. This is what being a stand-up congressman is about - fighting for those who serve our country.

I also can't wait for "Jimf01" or some other Tea Party member to make some ridiculous assertion that this bill is somehow bad for "real Americans." It should be interesting.

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Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on May 6, 2010 at 9:09 am

Glad to see I am so popular, as always. I was just wondering, 4 years, how many pieces of legislation has Jerry authored? How many made it out of committee?
Good job Jerr, ya got one. At this rate, you will surpass Barbara Boxer very soon!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 6, 2010 at 11:11 am

Correction: It's the "American Race".

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