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    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.
    House and Senate versions of the 2007 Defense appropriation bill contain $7 million for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center half of what the center received last fiscal year.

    Proponents of increased funding say they are shocked to see cuts in the treatment of bomb blast injuries in the midst of a war.

    "I find it basically unpardonable that Congress is not going to provide funds to take care of our soldiers and sailors who put their lives on the line for their country," says Martin Foil, a member of the center's board of directors. "It blows my imagination."

    The Brain Injury Center, devoted to treating and understanding war-related brain injuries, has received more money each year of the war from $6.5 million in fiscal 2001 to $14 million last year. Spokespersons for the appropriations committees in both chambers say cuts were due to a tight budget this year.

    "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."

    George Zitnay, co-founder of the center, testified before a Senate subcommittee in May that body armor saves troops caught in blasts but leaves many with brain damage. "Traumatic brain injury is the signature injury of the war on terrorism," he testified.

    Zitnay asked for $19 million, and 34 Democratic and six Republican members of Congress signed a letter endorsing the budget request.

    The House of Representatives approved its version of the spending bill June 20. A vote in the Senate is pending.

    Scientists at the center develop ways to diagnose and treat servicemembers who suffer brain damage. The work is done at seven military and Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, including the center's headquarters at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, and one civilian treatment site.

    The center has clashed with the Pentagon in recent months over a program to identify troops who have suffered mild to moderate brain injuries in Iraq from mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs the most common weapons used by insurgents.

    Preliminary research by the center shows that about 10% of all troops in Iraq, and up to 20% of front line infantry troops, suffer concussions during combat tours. Many experience headaches, disturbed sleep, memory loss and behavior issues after coming home, the research shows.

    The center urged the Pentagon to screen all troops returning from Iraq in order to treat symptoms and create a database of brain injury victims. Scientists say multiple concussions can cause permanent brain damage.

    The Pentagon so far has declined to do the screening and argues that more research is needed.
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    Incredible. Just fucking incredible. Support our troops, eh?
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    thats disgusting! Absolutely disgusting!! Hopefully ppl who think they want to enlist will get a clue and stop enlisting and show our govt. who's REALLY boss around here; WE THE PEOPLE!!

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    but, the GOP supports the troops! Liberals don't support the troops, and by proxy embolden the terrorists! 9-11! 9-11!
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    At least they still have Cher.

    Cher Soldiers On
    By Barbara O'Dair
    Cher donates her time and money for our troops.


    In June, the singer and actress Cher flew to Washington to attend a hearing on helmet modifications for soldiers in Iraq. The 60-year-old entertainer has donated more than $130,000 to the group Operation Helmet, which pays about $100 to modify the inside of soldiers' helmets to make them better able to absorb shock from a bomb blast. In an interview on CBS last month, Cher said that she "was astounded at the price that could save someone's life." Furthermore, she says it makes her angry "when people say that if you're not for the war, you don't support the troops. And I'm not for the war. And I really support the troops."
    Cher won a best-actress Oscar for her role in 1987's Moonstruck. As a singer she is best known for songs such as "Believe" and "If I Could Turn Back Time," throbbing disco-pop songs. "To be able to use your celebrity for something that you really think is worthwhile is so rewarding," she said.
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    The hearing tanked, and the modifications were never supported by the GOP. Cher was *pissed*.. crying and infuriated.
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    but, the GOP supports the troops! Liberals don't support the troops, and by proxy embolden the terrorists! 9-11! 9-11!



    Sometimes Grimm, I wish you were in the room spouting this stuff live. I bet anything your delivery is impeccable.
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    Damn. At least they aren't banning helmet upgrades like they do with other armour types. Operation Helmet claims that "some branches of the military, such as the Army and Navy Seabees, do pay for the upgrade kits. But, primarily for budgetary reasons, the U.S. Military does not issue the kits to most troops." Insane. So much cheaper to prevent injuries than to treat them.

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    Default Re: Your tax dollars ar work: VA funding to be cut in half.

    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post


    Sometimes Grimm, I wish you were in the room spouting this stuff live. I bet anything your delivery is impeccable.
    Picture wide eyes, plaintive voice and wringing hands laced with sarcasm
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy View Post
    Damn. At least they aren't banning helmet upgrades like they do with other armour types. Operation Helmet claims that "some branches of the military, such as the Army and Navy Seabees, do pay for the upgrade kits. But, primarily for budgetary reasons, the U.S. Military does not issue the kits to most troops." Insane. So much cheaper to prevent injuries than to treat them.

    www.operation-helmet.org
    I just saw a commercial for the US military..apparently you get 20 000 worth of free gifts for joining! And a free sports watch just for calling!

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    OOO let's all call and get Teiko sportswatches!

    They better not deliver an Ethernopian instead though.
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    This is disgusting. I think Congress,Senate,Reps,etc. all seriously need a pay cut, and get rid of their life-time perks. they are all scum today.

    Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

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