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Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Budget Cut In Half

Have they truly gone mad in Washington?

A story in USA TODAY reports that Congress is about to dramatically cut funding for the research and treatment of brain injuries caused by bomb blasts, an injury which has become known as the 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.

Scientists at the center develop ways to diagnose and treat service members who suffer brain damage. The work is done at seven military and Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, including the center's headquarters at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, and one civilian treatment site.

It is just shocking that Congress has no problems with spending billions of dollars in killing people but can't see to spending what amounts to just pennies in their annual budget for the care of the young men and women who come back with an injury that will last a life time.

Dollars for bullets versus dollars for brains.  That's the decision that our Congress must make.  A no brainer isn't it?  Let your Congressman and Senator know where you stand today!

You can read the full story in USA TODAY by clicking here.



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