Tuesday, August 15, 2006

 

VFA Alert: Congress to Spend Billions on Pork While Shortchanging the Troops

Charles Sheehan-Miles at Veterans for America <vfa@vi.org> wrote:
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 16:03:54 -0400 (EDT)
From: Charles Sheehan-Miles at Veterans for America
Subject: VFA Alert: Congress to Spend Billions on Pork While Shortchanging the Troops

VETERANS FOR AMERICA
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In this morning's USA Today, reporter Gregg Zoroya drops a nuclear bomb on how Congress has their priorities dead wrong when it comes to our soldiers and veterans:

"Congress appears ready to slash funding for the research and treatment of brain injuries caused by bomb blasts, an injury that military scientists describe as a signature wound of the Iraq war" from $14 million to $7 million.

http://www.veteransforamerica.org/index.cfm/Page/Article/ID/7681

According to this article, funding was just too tight to help our wounded warriors. "Honestly, they would have loved to have funded it, but there were just so many priorities," says Jenny Manley, spokeswoman for the Senate Appropriations Committee. "They didn't have any flexibility in such a tight fiscal year."

In contrast, there was enough taxpayer money so that both the House and the Senate can spend more than $550 million for research into the new VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Fleet.

VFA asks you to take action right now to help our soldiers and veterans who need medical research and treatment for traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Take action today and alert the press that Congress went AWOL while our wounded warriors need urgent medical research and care for TBI.

Take action today by sending a letter to the editor http://www.veteransforamerica.org/index.cfm/page/memberhome/action/action/campaignid/11

The scope of the problem is devastating. According to the Brain Injury Center, as many as 10% of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan face traumatic brain injury or concussion, USA Today reports. Based on the 1.5 million service members who deployed to the Global War on Terror in Iraq or Afghanistan, that means up to 150,000 of our service members are at risk for serious TBI that often causes permanent brain damage.

Take action today by sending a letter to the editor http://www.veteransforamerica.org/index.cfm/page/memberhome/action/action/campaignid/11

Congress needs to get their priorities straight: TBI research now can lead to more effective treatments that are less-expensive in the long-term. This is better for our soldiers and for taxpayers. Instead of a vacation, Congress should be finding ways to provide medical treatment for our Nation's most important military asset, our troops on the front lines during war.

Take action today by sending a letter to the editor http://www.veteransforamerica.org/index.cfm/page/memberhome/action/action/campaignid/11


Thank you for your support of our work, and for doing what you can to help Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Charles Sheehan-Miles
Associate Director
Veterans for America



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