McNerney's veterans health bill passes House


Legislation authored by Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) that would address the needs of veterans who suffered traumatic brain injuries passed the House of Representatives Wednesday.

The bill, he said, would develop improved policies for care and rehabilitation by establishing a panel to assess how well the VA treats veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). It will also help establish TBI-specific education and training programs for VA health professionals.

"Many service members who were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced a traumatic brain injury. In fact, traumatic brain injuries are the hallmark injuries of these wars," McNerney said. "It is our responsibility to ensure that the Veterans Administration is equipped and ready to provide the ongoing services necessary to fully address the impact of traumatic brain injuries."

McNerney's bill passed the House as part of the comprehensive Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act. The inclusion of congressman's bill in this act is an important step, he said, because the legislation reflects language agreed upon by both the House and Senate. The Senate could take up the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act in the coming months.

"Our heroic men and women in uniform constantly put their lives on the line," McNerney said. "It is critical that we ensure our veterans receive proper care and treatment for terrible injuries like TBI. I will do everything I can to make sure we keep our commitment to our veterans."

— Emily West


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Posted by Aaron
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm

This is spectacular news! Congratulations to Congressman McNerney, but more importantly, congratulations to our honored veterans. As modern warfare has evolved, so has medicine's ability to save lives. The unfortunate consequence of this new reality is that Veterans' hospitals have yet to evolve to sufficiently handle long term rehabilitative care for the complex, yet survivable injuries they are now seeing. Hopefully this bill will bring us closer to bridging the gap between what veterans need and what modern medicine can provide.

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Posted by BillR
a resident of Danville
on Apr 23, 2010 at 9:19 am

One thing good out of this political lightwight. We still need to get rid of the him. Send em back to the windfarm!

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Posted by Roark
a resident of Danville
on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm

This minor accomplishment in no way vindicates McNerney for betraying his constituents. The only way he could possibly vindicate himself is by personally leading a fight to repeal the Health Care Reform bill along with other leftist legislation that he has supported.

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Posted by Chet
a resident of Danville
on Apr 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Our Congressman Jerry McNerney has been a true leader and strong supporter of taking proper care of our veterans, soldiers and families. He believes strongly in taking the right care of our returning veterans. We all need to thank Jerry McNerney for his hard work. He more than deserves to be sent back to Washington D.C. this November to keep working for us all in District 11 and for veterans all over the USA. Thank you Jerry McNerney!!!

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Posted by Adam
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I second Chet. It is an amazing accomplishment for a freshman congressman in such a politically divided district to take a bold stance on much needed health care reform, to take the mantle on improving our veterans' long term needs, and to bring home our fair share of federal dollars - but he's doing it all quite well. Thank you Congressman McNerney, ignore the fringe right who you can never impress, and keep up the great work!

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Danville
on Apr 23, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Time is running out for Jerry McNerney. He will soon learn that he is accountable to his constituents.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 26, 2010 at 1:29 am

The best thing Jerry McNerney could do for our veterans is to get us out of foreign wars. We have no business being there. It is way beyond the time to leave. Of course, once we leave Iraq, Iran will invade and take it over. Once we leave Afghanistan, the Taliban will once again be in charge. But this is inevitable. It will happen whether we are there another year or another 10 years. Lets let them solve their own problems ... we have enough of our own.

In November, I want to see someone who supports American values, such as liberty, personal responsibility and freedom of choice, represent us in Washington DC. I have seen enough of extremist liberals like Jerry McNerney. Good Bye Jerry! … and good riddance

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