The American Legion's Deputy Director of Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Roscoe Butler testified recently during a congressional hearing. He addressed pending legislation regarding traumatic brain injury (TBI) evaluations for compensation and implementation of peer specialists at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. If passed into law, S. 244 would require VA to work with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to conduct a comprehensive review of VA examinations, ensuring TBI symptoms and subsequent levels of disability are accurately diagnosed for purposes of awarding disability compensation. Recently, VA acknowledged that it may have under-evaluated nearly 25,000 veterans suffering from TBI. Testimonies and a video of the hearing are available on the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs website.
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