I am not very happy right now. Watch these to find out why:
So basically the government commissioned a study and told the people they hired to conduct it to reach the result they wanted? It wouldn’t be the first time.
Most casualties returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are the result of concussive attacks – bombs. There may be more TBIs than there are physical injuries as a result.
Tricare is pandering seriously to “lowest bidder” by denying coverage to what is going to be at least the second most common injury.
This is a betrayal of the basest sort of our warriors.
And if it is because of cost, it’s a false economy. If it costs $15-50k to treat a returning warrior, that treatment will help them to recover, and reduce the overall costs of caring for them in the future. They’ll be better able to return to work, less in need of continued therapy and treatment.
But that’s only a side-issue. This is a matter of morality. This is about tending to those who risked their lives, and have been injured as a result. Like the 9/11 first responders issue, this is a no-brainer (no pun intended).
The country owes its very best to those who gave their very best for it.
Anything less is simply unacceptable.
- Pentagon Told Congress It’s Studying Brain-Damage Therapy (propublica.org)
- Special report: For U.S. veterans, the war after the wars (reuters.com)
- After the Battle: 7 Health Problems Facing Veterans (livescience.com)