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Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury:

Is America Meeting Their Needs? A National Debate
Presented by:

 The JMA Foundation, Inc. (JMA Brain Trauma Recovery & Policy Institute)  National Association of State Head Injury Administrators  Wounded Warrior Project  Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America  Blinded Veterans Association  American Brain Coalition  Brain Injury Association of America

September 19, 2007
Georgetown University (Gaston Hall) Washington, DC

For more than five years, the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars have increased the number of Americans living with the affects of brain injury. Doctors, clinicians and researchers have worked tirelessly to learn more about the problems facing this particular group of persons with brain injury and their families. A critical policy concern will be that many (most?) veterans won’t be identified as having a brain injury until after they are discharged and return to their community. It will be difficult for these and many other soldiers with brain injury to access services and supports given the limited resources and the fragmentation of services. The Town Hall Meeting will focus on these issues as well as the implementation and results of proposed legislation that is veteran with brain injury directed. Each presidential candidate’s position regarding veterans with brain injury will be made known PRIOR to the Town Hall Meeting and discussed by the panelists as possible policy solutions. The public policy result will be shared with each candidate. Much of the proposed legislation gives control to agencies and forgets the individual veteran. Congress must be applauded for its efforts, but what about the long term concerns? What about integrating back into the community? What about building a new life? The current legislation considers the short term issues and who or what agency will manage the money. The emphasis is wrong; brain injury rehabilitation is a life-long event and requires long-term planning. During the entire Town Hall Meeting, attendee participation is expected. Attendees will be given an opportunity to directly help shape the future of Afghanistan/Iraq War veterans with brain injury. Most importantly, public policy based practical solutions to major problems after brain injury regarding community reintegration will be targeted, including:  Vocational reentry and rehabilitation.  Educational reentry.  Access to transportation.  Access to long term specialized neuromedical and neurorehabilitation services. Consideration of the latter four points plus concerns regarding the continued assessment and management of persons with traumatic brain injury will be parlayed into public policy that benefits veterans with brain injury. The question, how can the Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Act of 2007, the Wounded Warrior Assistance Act of 2007, the Traumatic Brain Injury Access to Options Act and the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996 help veterans with brain injury live meaningful lives, will be determined. Four panel discussions are designed to initiate the development of relevant public policy proposals for veterans with brain injury, which will be presented and published in a White Paper. Our faculty will include Afghanistan/Iraq War veterans with brain injury and their family, leading rehabilitation professionals, journalists who have a unique understanding of the affects brain injury can have on the Afghanistan/Iraq War soldier, and members of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. TARGET AUDIENCE: Public health administrators from federal, state and local jurisdictions in the United States, state head injury administrators, veterans/survivors of brain injury and family members, case managers, life care planners, third party payers, vocational rehabilitation specialists, life skill trainers, neuro/psychologists, counselors, physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, and others who serve veterans and/or survivors of brain injuries and their families. As well, students of political science, public policy and government who wish to witness the legislative process in action.

The Nation’s Capitol is the site of this critical moment in U.S. history. Young Americans are facing an enemy never seen before. The U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S Senate and the Executive are debating daily whether or not to continue funding the War in Iraq, how to proceed with the War, and most importantly how to assist each injured veteran in the rehabilitation process. Daily tours of the Senate, the House, and the Capitol can be arranged while you are in Washington, DC. Not only will Town Hall Meeting attendees have an invitation to view and formulate the first draft at public policy that will guide federal, state and local governments in their care for Afghanistan/Iraq War veterans with brain injury, they will have an opportunity to express support or concern directly to their members of Congress. Your involvement will be critical to the success of this developing Public Policy.

The cost to attend the, one-day, Town Hall Meeting is $150 or $75 for survivors of brain injury and veterans of brain injury & their family members. The Town Hall Meeting registration is available at; click on Events and look for the online registration or print out the brochure and fax the registration form to: 202-220-3140 or mail to: The JMA Foundation, Inc.; 601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; Suite 900, South Building; Washington, DC 20004

LODGING: Individuals are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. A block of rooms have been set aside at the Georgetown University Marriott Hotel and Conference Center located directly on the Georgetown University campus. Call Marriott at 1-888-236-2427 before August 28 to get the special room rate of $198 per night. If you have any questions, call JMA at 202-220-3147 and ask for specific details regarding your visit to Washington, DC. MEALS: Continental breakfast will be provided and beverages will be available throughout the day. Reception on Wednesday evening.

Georgetown University is located off Reservoir Rd in North West Washington, DC. Turn left at Georgetown University Entrance 1, just past 38th Street. BY AIR Ronald Reagan Washington National (5 miles), Washington DC/Dulles (25 miles), and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (45 miles) BY TRAIN Georgetown University is also served by Amtrak, with Union Station located on Metro’s Red Line and a commuter bus from the Rosslyn Metro Station BY CAR Virginia: From I-66, take I-66 east to the Rosslyn - Key Bridge exit. Stay in left lane and follow signs to Key Bridge. Cross Key Bridge, staying in second lane from left. Turn left onto Canal Rd. Stay in right lane. Bear right into campus. Maryland: From I-95: take I-95 south to I-495 west to Silver Spring. Exit Rte. 355 Wisconsin Ave. south to Washington. Take Wisconsin Ave. south to Reservoir Rd.

For questions or additional information call Mutsa Nyakabau at 202-220-3147

Wednesday, September 19, 2007
8:15 – 9:00 AM Registration/Exhibits and Continental Breakfast 9:00 – 9:10 AM Welcome and Announcements: Host – George Zitnay, PhD 9:10 – 9:55 AM Panel Presentation: Injured Veterans Panel – Panel Concept: Suggestions for how to optimize family coping and facilitate acquisition of appropriate services for the person with brain injury. Moderator – Major Tammy Duckworth. Panelists: Colonel Peter Bunce (retired), Corporal Justin Bunce (retired), Sergeant Jeremy Feldbusch (retired), Staff Sergeant Jarod Behee (retired), Marissa Behee, Jim Brooker, Sergeant Todd Bowers, Cheryl Beversdorf, Michael Yochelson, MD. 9:55 – 10:25 AM Attendee Participation 10:25 – 10:40 AM Refreshment Break/Exhibits 10:45 – 11:30 Panel Presentation: Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) Panel – Panel Concept: Importance of a lifetime continuum of care. Moderator - Lt. Col Mike Jaffee, MD; Panelists: Karen Schwab, PhD; Tina Trudel, PhD; Larry Rutledge, PhD; Nathan Zasler, MD; Michael (Mickey) Collins, PhD; Curtis Decker, JD; Commissioner Linda Schwartz. 11:30 – Noon Attendee Participation Noon – 1:10 PM Lunch (on your own) 1:15 – 2:00 PM Panel Presentation: Journalist Panel – Panel Concept: enhance the public understanding of brain injury issues to combat stigma and discrimination against veterans recovering from brain injury. Moderator - Nathan Zasler, MD. Panelists: Sanjay Gupta, MD; Neil Shea; Martha Raddatz; Peggy Noonan; Christine Dugas; Harvey Jacobs, PhD; Janie Martin-Heppel. 2:00 – 2:30 PM Attendee Participation 2:30 – 2:45 PM Refreshment Break/Exhibits 2:50 – 4:00 PM Panel Presentation: Legislative Panel – Panel Concept: present an overview of the previous three panels and show how the ideas can be transformed into appropriate public policy at the federal, state and local level to aid veteran’s recovery. Moderator - Julien Modica. Panelists: Jean Berube, Esq.; Congressman Patrick Kennedy; Congressman Steve Buyer; Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr.; Senator Patty Murray; Senator Daniel Akaka; Senator Hillary Clinton; Associate Justice Stephen Breyer (waiting confirmation).

4:00 – 4:30 PM Attendee Participation 4:35 – 6:05 PM Town Hall Meeting Policy Formation Session: Develop consensus through the Policy Formation Group Leaders. Moderators – James Carville; Donna Brazile. 6:15 – 7:30 PM Reception/Exhibits: hors d’oeuvres and cocktail.

Senator Daniel Akaka Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee On Veterans’ Affair Meredith Beck National Policy Director, Wounded Warrior Project Jean Berube, Esq. Long time advocate for the brain injury community. Government affairs consultant Staff Sgt Jerod Behee (retired) Army National Guard Reservist who fought in Iraq Marissa Behee Wife of Staff Sgt Jerod Behee Cheryl Beversdorf President & CEO of the National Coalition For Homeless Veterans Todd Bowers Director of Government Affairs for Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Jim Brooker Father of Matthew Brooker, a 1984 survivor of brain injury Donna Brazile Chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute (VRI) Associate Justice Stephen Breyer Nominated as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on May 17, 1994 Corporal Justin Bunce (retired) U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom Colonel Peter Bunce (retired) Served as the focal point on Capitol Hill for Air Force matters associated with the Annual Defense Appropriations bills father of Corporal Justin Bunce Congressman Steve Buyer Ranking Member on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs; James Carville, Esq. An American political consultant Commentator, media personality and pundit Senator Hillary Clinton Member U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. Sponsor of S. 1065, “Heroes at Home Act” and S. 1363 “Bridging the Gap for Wounded Soldiers Act” directed to helping Veterans with TBI. Michael (Mickey) Collins, PhD A nationally recognized sports concussion clinician & researcher Co-founder of ImPACT, a computerized neuropsychologist testing system that evaluates the severity of concussion in athletes. Dr. Collins is the author of two major multi-site studies involving the effects of concussion and return-to-play published in JAMA. SPC. Paul Cox U.S. Army Veteran Kenneth Currier Executive Director of the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators Curtis Decker, JD Executive Director of NDRN, the nations largest non-governmental enforcer of disability rights. Major Tammy Duckworth Major in the Illinois National Guard and Iraq War veteran. Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Colonel Peter Duffy (retired) Deputy Legislative Director, National Guard Association of the United States

Christine Dugas Survivor of Traumatic Brain Injury and financial news reporter for USA TODAY Sergeant Jeremy Feldbusch (retired) Army Ranger wounded by an artillery blast resulting in a penetrating brain injury. Sanjay Gupta, MD A practicing neurosurgeon and Chief Medical correspondent for the Health and medical unit at CNN Harvey Jacobs, PhD Vice President and Director of Training and Adult Behavior Specialist for Lash and Associates Publishing/Training. Served on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, and Temple University Lt. Col Mike Jaffee The new national director of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. Formerly the Neurology Program Director. at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Texas Congressman Patrick Kennedy Member Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, 110th Congress Janie Martin-Heppel Director of the Federal TBI Program and Former television reporter and educator Julien Modica, MPH, MPP Brain injured while pole-vaulting as the Virginia State High School champion polevaulter. President & CEO of the JMA Foundation; graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy Prep School; entered USNA class of 1983. Senator Patty Murray Daughter of a disabled World War II veteran and the first woman to serve on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Peggy Noonan Columnist for The Wall Street Journal Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. Co-Founder Congressional Brain Injury Task Force

Martha Raddatz Chief White House correspondent Author of the book, “The Long Road Home: a story of war and family” Theresa Rankin Survivor of Traumatic Brain Injury. Presents a consumer perspective on existing models of rehabilitation Staff Sgt Christopher Reese U.S. Marine Corps veteran; director of a Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Larry Rutledge, PhD Executive Director and Principal Investigator at Laurel Highlands Neuro-Rehab Center. Laura Schiebelhut Public Affairs Manager at the Brain Injury Association of America. Graduate of the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute. Karen Schwab, PhD Assistant Director for Statistics and Epidemiology, DVBIC at Walter Reed. Army Hospital, Washington, DC Neil Shea Staff writer with National Geographic Beth Hudnall Stamm, PhD Project Director TBI grant to improve statewide availability of services and support, Idaho DOH Linda Schwartz Commissioner of Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Marianne Talbot, PhD President National Rehabilitation & Rediscovery Foundation. President of the Northern Virginia Brain Injury Association Tina Trudel, PhD Principal Investigator, DVBIC at Virginia NeuroCare President/COO, Lakeview Healthcare Systems. Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences University of Virginia Medical School

Michael Yochelson Adjunct Staff, RAND Corporation Consultant on traumatic brain injury in military service members returning from deployment Thomas Zampieri, PhD Director of government relations for the Blinded Veterans Association. Gave testimony before the subcommittee on economic opportunity Nathan Zasler, MD, FAAPM&R, FAADEP, DAAPM, CBIT CEO & Medical Director, Concussion Care Centre of Virginia, Ltd CEO & Medical Director, Tree of Life Services, Inc. Clinical Professor, VCU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Richmond, VA Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia Consultant in Neurorehabilitation, Chairperson, International Brain Injury Association George Zitnay, PhD Co-founder of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

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