TBI Claims: VA's Failure to Provide Adequate Examinations, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, July 13, 2016 [open pdf - 132KB]
This is a testimony compilation of the July 13, 2016 hearing on "TBI Claims: VA's Failure to Provide Adequate Examinations" held before the House Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, Committee on Veterans' Affairs. From the statement of Dave McLenachen: ""Since 2007, medicine around traumatic brain injuries (TBI) has been a rapidly evolving science. Recognizing that TBI is a signature injury of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, VA instituted a policy requiring one of four specialists -- a psychiatrist, physiatrist, neurosurgeon, or neurologist -- to complete initial TBI exams for disability compensation claims when VA does not already have a diagnosis. VA selected these specialists because they have the most experience with the symptoms and effects of TBI, and to take extra steps to ensure that Veterans seeking disability compensation for this complex disability receive the benefits to which they are entitled. VA also updated its rating criteria in 2008 to keep pace with the evolving understanding of TBI. Unfortunately, as more research became available, VA issued a series of guidance documents that inadvertently created confusion regarding the policy."" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Dave McLenachen, Mary Glenn, and Patricia Murray.
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