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NO. R-341.  Joint resolution relating to U.S. military veterans and traumatic brain injury.


Offered by:  Representatives Krawczyk of Bennington, Morrissey of Bennington, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Browning of Arlington, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of Vergennes, Crawford of Burke, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Edwards of Brattleboro, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Gervais of Enosburg, Grenier of St. Johnsbury, Head of S. Burlington, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Jerman of Essex, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Larocque of Barnet, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, McNeil of Rutland Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Mitchell of Barnard, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Nuovo of Middlebury, O’Donnell of Vernon, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Peltz of Woodbury, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Shand of Weathersfield, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Weston of Burlington, Wheeler of Derby, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, members of the United States Armed Forces, serving in combat, are exposed to adverse conditions, such as explosions, blows to the head, falls, and vehicle accidents, that cause traumatic brain injury and

Whereas, the level of traumatic brain injuries varies considerably with many of these injuries not readily apparent immediately after the injury, and

Whereas, traumatic brain injury can include symptoms that are similar to post traumatic stress disorder, including difficulty sleeping, memory loss, and confusion, and

Whereas, even mild traumatic brain injury can result in severe headaches, dizziness, nausea, and sensitivity to light, and

Whereas, the United States Army Surgeon General estimates that between 10 and 20 percent of military members leaving service in Iraq and Afghanistan may have some level of traumatic brain injury, and that more than one-half of combat-wounded military members have an associated traumatic brain injury, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly urges the United States Department of Defense and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to continue research on

ways to prevent and treat traumatic brain injury, especially if related to service in combat theaters, and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly urges the Department of Defense to screen all military personnel leaving a combat theater for traumatic brain injury, and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly urges the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to:  create a traumatic brain injury registry; a comprehensive program to provide long-term traumatic brain injury rehabilitation; and a pilot program in Vermont to deliver traumatic brain injury screening, readjustment counseling, mental health services, and benefits outreach to rural veterans through mobile Vet Centers, and be it further

Resolved:     That the General Assembly urges Congress to authorize funds for the establishment of centers for traumatic brain injury research, education, and clinical activities, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, to Secretary of Veteran Affairs Dr. James Peake, to Representative Ike Skelton, Chair of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, to Representative Bob Filner, Chair of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, to Senator Carl Levin, Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, to Senator Daniel Akaka, Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, and to the Vermont Congressional Delegation.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont