Board of Advisors
Charles (Charlie) Brown
LTC USAF (Ret)
Governor Michael Dukakis
Evelyn (Pat) Foote
BG USA (Ret)
Hon. John Garamendi
D.O. (Spike) Helmick
Commissioner CHP (frmr CANG)
CMSgt USA - Tuskegee Airman
Joseph P. Hoar
General USMC (ret)
Hon. P. N. (Pete) McCloskey
Col USMCR (Ret)
Hon. Arthur (Art) Torres
(former CA Senator)
James L. Williams
Maj Gen USMC (Ret)
Please examine our founding documents, our programs, and our official reports. Starting a state chapter? The guidebook is here.
There are certain documents that provide the underpinning for what we do, not only as an organization, but as a nation. These are available here
Class Action Suit
In 2007 we reluctantly sued the Veterans Administration to improve medical care for veterans, particularly those returning from the current conflicts.
The documentation through the end of the original suit in Federal District Court is here.
The documentation on the Appeal in the US Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit is here.
QUICK STORY ~ 7/5/13 -10:00
Neither DOD nor Congress can come up with 6/1000ths of 1% of the defense budget to fund this study properly.
Troops With Traumatic Brain Injury Show Symptoms 5 Years Later
By Bob Brewin – Nextgov.com - July 3, 2013
A high proportion of the 273,859 troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injury since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continued to experience “significant symptoms and problems” five years after injury, the Pentagon said in its first take on a 15-year TBI study mandated by Congress.
The long-term study into those wars’ signature wound -- which results from blasts from improvised bombs and mines -- has received no funding, is based on a skewed cohort limited to active duty personnel and had a woefully slow start.
Congress required the Defense Department to conduct the 15-year longitudinal study in the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act (section 721), signed into law in 2006. The study did not get underway until 2011, after a review by a Defense panel that oversees medical research, Jessica Wright, acting undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, wrote in her cover letter to the first of four reports mandated for the third, seventh, eleventh and 15th year of the study.
Defense has been frustrated by Congress’ failure to fund the study, the report said. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, charged with conducting the study, has not received any money allocated specifically for the project, the “vast majority” of which has so far been covered by the DVBIC operational budget.
The 15-year TBI study will cost a total of $37.1 million, the report estimated. DVBIC is “actively pursuing” external funding sources, including the Veterans Affairs Department, but “there is no identified funding mechanism at present.” The Military Health System spent roughly half that sum, $18 million, from 2009 through June 2012, developing a flawed TBI diagnosis tool that was canceled.
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