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Criticism of Proposed New Rules on Classifying Brain Damage

Formal comments criticizing regulations proposed by the Department of Veterans Affairs governing compensation of veterans with traumatic brain injury has been submitted by U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), Chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee who was joined by Senators Rockfeller, Murray, Obama, Tester, Brown, and Sanders.

"The new rules must provide for a fair evaluation of the veteran's disabilities. Unfortunately, the proposed regulations do not," said Sen. Akaka.

Under current regulations, compensation for symptoms attributable to TBI, such as headaches, dizziness, or insomnia is limited to "10 percent and no more." While VA recognizes that this requirement is outdated, it remains in effect pending the release of new rules. Chairman Akaka and majority members asked that this outdated rule be withdrawn immediately.

Akaka also objected to a section of the proposed rule which would not consider the severity or frequency of TBI symptoms, only count the number of symptoms.

The proposed brain injury regulations and the formal comment letter sent by Chairman Akaka and majority members can be found  by clicking here .

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