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Conflict TBI: Cognitive Rehab. Therapy Not Covered


By jimstaro - Posted on 21 December 2010

Billions have been spent on these Wars of choice! With those Billions spent Billions were made by many, new multi-millionaires with connections were produced as well as a high priced merc private army and more. Directly and indirectly over the decade of these ongoing conflicts!

With the Wars came Tax Cuts that were recently extended, especially for the Wealthy who received the bulk of added to the write offs they already received for business, investment and personal!

During the last decade, the recent political campaigns, the so called debate on tax cut extensions nor in public comments, did anyone, the politicians, those wealthy, the power brokers, wall street, talking heads, media, the so called outraged tea party .........., Demand the Country 'Sacrifice' as those who serve and are sent, as well as their families, do and are the only ones, many now as veterans of for the rest of their lives! And the wars continue!

 

Pentagon Plan Won't Cover Brain-Damage Therapy

 

Coburn Dukehart/NPR: Sarah Wade, 36, and her husband, Ted Wade, 33, of Chapel Hill, N.C., often travel to Washington, D.C. for his medical care after he was injured while riding in a Humvee in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, on Feb. 14, 2004, and suffered a traumatic brain injury, as well as an above-the-elbow amputation of his right arm. Sarah has also been actively lobbying to get the right kind of care for her husband.

December 20, 2010 - During the past few decades, scientists have become increasingly persuaded that people who suffer brain injuries benefit from what is called cognitive rehabilitation therapy — a lengthy, painstaking process in which patients relearn basic life tasks such as counting, cooking or remembering directions to get home.

Many neurologists, several major insurance companies and even some medical facilities run by the Pentagon agree that the therapy can help people whose functioning has been diminished by blows to the head.

But despite pressure from Congress and the recommendations of military and civilian experts, the Pentagon’s health plan for troops and many veterans refuses to cover the treatment — a decision that could affect the tens of thousands of service members who have suffered brain damage while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. {continued}

 

For us older vets, especially of our other conflicts since Korea, it's just DeJa-Vu all over again. War supported, results of not funded! So number crunchers, in the VA especially, have to do with what the country gives and take the condemnation that should be pointed directly at the citizens who don't serve and refuse to 'Sacrifice'. For the pentagon it's a different story, not an eye is batted as to the ever growing defense budgets, even when the corruption and incompetence within is outed, they call that strong on national defense, so the money goes to WMD's but not Proper Care for all!

Visit the NPR site for the rest of this report as well as back links of the added investigative related journalism reports on this issue done in collaboration with ProPublica

This isn't about shifting funds, from other needed public paid issues, as one so called political party keeps demanding, to pay for needs. This is about the rubber stamping of Wars of Choice but not the Proper Funding, and little mention of, as to the long term results to those very few who serve and are sent and the families of!

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