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Congressional Brain Injury Action Alert

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has arranged a Congressional briefing on best practices in the continuum of care for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the need for public/private cooperation to address this public health problem in the United States.

“Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States:
A Call for Public/Private Cooperation”
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
210 Cannon House Office Building

It is important that you encourage your congressional representative to attend this important brain trauma briefing.

The following is the statement issued by the Brain Injury Association of America in connection with this briefing:

BIAA Statement on Public /Private Cooperation

Statement of Brain Injury Association of America President/CEO Susan Connors Endorsing Public/Private Collaboration to Meet TBI Care Needs

The Brain Injury Association of America applauds recent news coverage of the complexity of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the urgent need for specialized TBI treatment and rehabilitation among Iraq war veterans.

It is incumbent on the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs to work cooperatively with qualified experts in the private sector to ensure that the ever-growing number of servicemen and women who sustain a TBI in the line of duty have immediate access to the full continuum of TBI services that includes:

o Acute and post acute treatment and rehabilitation;
o Specialized inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation;
o Community-based information, resources and support; and 
o Long term care.

Traumatic brain injury is the signature injury of the Iraq war and a growing public health crisis in the United States.  Each year, 1.4 million children and adults sustain TBIs here at home.  Failure to address this problem right now will result in harmful delays in rehabilitating Iraq war heroes, a life-time of disability among service members and civilians, and needless taxpayer burden. 

The Brain Injury Association of America calls on Congress and the Administration to ensure that the public and private sectors work together for the good of our nation and all of its citizens. 

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