Matheson Supports Enhanced Treatment for Vets with Brain TraumaMatheson Supports Enhanced Treatment for Vets with Brain Trauma
-Congressman Jim Matheson said legislation that passed the House this week will provide better treatment for soldiers and veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Matheson was a cosponsor of HR 2199-The Traumatic Brain Injury Health Enhancement and Long-Term Support Act of 2007.
The bill directs the Veterans Affairs Secretary to establish programs to screen and treat veterans for the injury as well as to set up a site to coordinate providing health care and services to the patients.
"Survivors trying to recover from serious brain injuries struggle against a host of difficulties, including a long, complicated rehabilitation," said Matheson. "The patients need a comprehensive support and treatment network. This legislation begins the job of establishing that network."
Matheson said the bill also has a provision for establishing two mobile vet centers in Veteran's Integrated Service Network 19, which includes the state of Utah. He said these mobile centers allow rural veterans closer access to services they would normally have to travel long distances to reach.
"Mobile vet centers offer vital services to soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly counseling and benefits claim processing help. We need to do whatever it takes to assist our military men and women in their effort to return to their normal routine," said Matheson.
Matheson said in Washington and Iron Counties alone there are roughly 10,000 veterans who could benefit from a mobile vet center in that part of the state.