The U.S. Senate has reauthorized the Traumatic Brain Injury Act which will expand research as well as provide assistance to individuals living with the effects of brain injury. In 2000 the first TBI Act was passed as part of the Children's Health Act. The reauthorized bill will bring about collaboration between the Center for Disease Control, National Institute of Health, Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs . The bill will also establish a Government Accountability Office study to focus on the reintegration of injured veterans into their communities. The bill will now move into the House of Representatives for consideration.
The bill is vital to research and the funding services for people with brain injuries. The recognition of military service related brain injury is of great importance and will serve to solidify the efforts of the Brain Injury Summit meeting in Washington which was reported on in this blog by Michael Mason following his participation in that meeting in early November. We, in the brain injury community, wait with anticipation for the approval of the act as it represents a significant recognition by the government of traumatic brain injury and extends assistance to those who experience lifelong disability as a result of TBI.