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George Zitnay, co-founder of the Brain Injury Center, asked for $19 million, and 34 Democratic and six Republican members of Congress signed a letter endorsing the budget request.
Zitnay said 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 before a Senate subcommittee in May.
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.
Now why is it that we can pay for a war, but refuse to take care of the injured when they are no longer able to fight for this country America?