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Congress urges better care for brain injured war veterans

In a letter to the secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) and a bipartisan group of Veterans' Affairs and Armed Services committee members urged stronger coordination and better follow up on traumatic brain injury (TBI). "Veterans and their families should not have to wait nearly a decade for the government to adapt to the needs of the wounded," said Akaka. The Senators called for specific improvements from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.

Read the full text of the congressional letter



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