U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, today released the following statement in reaction to a USA Today report of the Pentagon's improved efforts to diagnose soldiers with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
"The reported 'aggressive efforts' in diagnosing traumatic brain injury by the U.S. military is a direct result of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force's years of tenacious insistence that the Pentagon honor the nation's contract with our soldiers. They are willing to give everything they can for us, and we have an obligation to do everything we can to take care of them," said Pascrell. "I applaud the U.S. Department of Defense for reinvigorating its diagnostic efforts, which will help minimize the number of soldiers with TBI that fall through the cracks without being treated. I urge Defense Secretary Panetta to follow through with these efforts by seeing that every soldier receive proper TBI screening, including those who may have been injured before 2010."