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Veteran's Traumatic Brain Injury Family Caregiver Panel To Be Established

The Department of Defense gave notice this week in the Federal Register that that it intends to establish the Traumatic Brain Injury Family Caregiver Panel, as a subcommittee of the Defense Health Board. [72 FR 64198]

According to the notice, "this non-discretionary advisory committee, which will operate as a subcommittee of the Defense Health Board, shall provide the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs independent advice and recommendations on the development of training curricula to be used by family members of members and former members of the Armed Forces on techniques, strategies, and skills for care and assistance for such members and former members with traumatic brain injury."

Pursuant to section 744(a)(2) of Public Law 109-364, the Traumatic Brain Injury Family Caregiver Panel shall consist of 15 members appointed by the Secretary of Defense in consultation with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The Secretary of Defense in appointing members for the Traumatic Brain Injury Family Caregiver Panel shall consider members from among the following:

(a) Physicians, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, and other individuals with traumatic brain injury, including persons who specialize in caring for and assisting individuals with traumatic brain injury incurred in combat;

(b) Representatives of family caregivers or family caregiver associations;

(c) Health and medical personnel of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs with expertise in traumatic brain injury and personnel and readiness representatives of the Department of Defense with expertise in traumatic brain injury;

(d) Psychologists or other individuals with expertise in the mental health treatment and care of individuals with traumatic brain injury;

(e) Experts in the development of training curricula;

(f) Family members of members of the Armed Forces with traumatic brain injury; and

(g) Such other individuals the Secretary of Defense considers appropriate.

Appointments to ths committee are made by the Secretary of Defense.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Freeman, DoD Committee Management Office, 703-601-2554, extension 128.

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