Senate passes bill to study veteran brain injuries

By Jessica Wray 

INDIANAPOLIS – A measure is headed to the Indiana House that would have the Indiana State Department of Health complete a study on creating a program to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 180 unanimously on Tuesday. The bill would require the health department to focus on treatments for post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, as well as ways to improve the state’s access to those treatments

The bill’s co-author, Sen. Jim Banks R-Columbia City, said in a press release Tuesday that PTSD and traumatic brain injuries can create other mental health concerns – which is an important topic for the state to look into.

“Each year, as many as 5,000 U.S. veterans commit suicide, which is a statistic we cannot ignore,” Banks said. “It’s my hope this study will help our brave men and women secure financing and access to the treatment they need to lead a happy, healthy life.”

Banks said he was approached by several veterans groups concerned about veterans’ access to healthcare treatment, specifically when suffering from brain injuries. Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek,  co-authored the bill.

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3 Responses to Senate passes bill to study veteran brain injuries

  1. I suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) when my car was T-boned by a tractor trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1993, so I can relate to the condition of many returning veterans. In my case, I was unable to pursue conventional rehabilitation due to the complications posed by a pre-existing psychiatric condition – bipolar disorder. So a was forced to pursue the alternative medicine route in order to recover, something which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It turns out that there are several very safe and effective means for treating head injury in alternative medicine, among them Attractor Field Therapy / Acupuncture for the Mind (AFT/A4M), homeopathy, and low-energy neurofeedback (LENS). By using a combination of these methods, I was able to recover my functioning almost completely. I am enrolled as a graduate student at Columbia University, and have written a book about my recovery: Broken Mind, Persistent Hope (Mustang: Tate, 2014). It will be available in bookstores May 6th.

  2. I have insomnia so I’m up all night. I try and think of ways that I can help other Vets. If you call your dooctr or VA every other day, write them e-mails and letters and keep copies of them and once you get fed up (six months is my limit). Write them a letter (intelligent) telling them how unprofessional you feel their service has been and let them know that you are going to file a formal complaint to the head of their department. Then you will get some answers. You don’t have to be rude about it. I think if they send out a letter telling Vets that you are still working their case, is better than not hearing anything from them at all,when you write them or call them you should tell them that. I like e-mails because I can keep a copy of what I wrote to them and the response from them and a date. Save them, they come in handy. Go to the patient advocacy in the VA, that is their job to help you when you feel you are not getting the help you know you deserve. I think they are back logged and they need more workers, but that is not our fault, if we pressure them, then they should pressure the powers that be to get more help, because as soon as one of us go off (hurt or curse) someone we will be labeled crazy. Talk to the Vets around you and try to make their day better, don’t sit around and complain with one another, use that energy to focus on a solution. I have a lot of bad painful days, but I talk myself into good days as much as I can and I pass it on to others when ever I can. I pass on any information that I learn new. Ask to see their supervisors, if you receive an email, save it and it they cc someone on the e-mail they send to you, ensure you add those cc people to the e-mails you send back to them, because I think those cc are people in the know. Don’t give up, that’s what they want you to do. If we tell or children and the children around us not to go into the military because of the way you are treated when you get out, they will have to go back to the draft because no one will want to go in. We deserve better and we have to stand up for it. Civilians in this country don’t have a clue of how hard we work while we are in the military and the things we have to do once we get out. I call and e-mail HLN all the time, I make sure I don’t sound like a lunatic or someone with a vendetta, they know me by my name and they publish my ideas and air my points of view a lot. The Army was a good job for me and helped me grow, but there has to be a better way to treat us once we are out and after we have given up so much to protect our country

  3. Ah, i see. Well that’s not too tricky at all!”