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Obama Seeks to Increase PTSD/TBI Funding

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Given the United States’ poor fiscal status, when it comes to budget talks these days on Capitol Hill, the discussions almost always center on cuts. Yet in his 2012 budget proposal, President Obama called for an increase in federal spending to combat and treat PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI):

President Obama’s fiscal 2012 budget proposes $7.2 billion in funding to research and treat the invisible wounds of war: post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

The Veterans Affairs Department said it plans to spend $6 billion in 2012 to enhance its ability to provide the best possible specialized care for those with PTSD, TBI and other mental health needs.

This is a $765 million, or 14.6 percent, increase over VA’s entire proposed 2011 budget for mental health, which, in addition to PTSD and TBI treatment, covers substance abuse treatment, mental health care for the homeless and inpatient treatment.

VA officials said the 2012 PTSD/TBI budget also will support collaborative programs with the Defense Department, including outreach to veterans, as well as new but unspecified types of treatment. It promises to lay the groundwork for psychological treatment “for many years to come.”

Budget Battle

The president’s budget, which covers everything from defense spending to housing reform, won’t be an easy sell in Washington. Republican lawmakers have already expressed a good deal of discontent with President Obama’s spending plan, hoping to see even deeper budget cuts than what the commander and chief laid out for next year.

While I agree that the U.S. is mired in debt, and that over the last couple of years the government has gone outside its traditional role helping to financially stabilize the country’s financial system, I think lawmakers need to fully recognize their duty to our veterans…and spending is certainly one sign of support.


Written by traumalines

February 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm

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  1. I am so thankful to see that they’re finally recognizing the widespread, desperate need for funding for PTSD and TBI treatment, education, support, etc. As the wife of an OIF Veteran who has PTSD and TBI, I know all too well how precious few resources have been available in past years. Maybe, just maybe, this is a step in the right direction!

    Brannan Vines
    Founder of – a site dedicated to helping heroes and their loved ones survive & thrive after combat!

    Brannan Vines

    February 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Helping Veterans, Tori V. Martinez. Tori V. Martinez said: Great news for our troops! But what about the rest of us? […]

  3. Many Vets and other traumatized individuals are taking advantage of the technology-driven PTSD program at

    Theresa R

    February 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm

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