JWV Demands Investigation into Move of Texas VA Brain Laboratory

June 2009

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) demands an investigation of the circumstances surrounding the moving of a laboratory designed to study combat-related brain injuries from the University of Texas at Austin to the VA hospital in Waco, TX.  Prior to its move, the laboratory, which had been funded with great expectations of being able to provide the research that would enable returning soldiers with brain injuries to receive state-of-the-art treatment, had not tested a single veteran with traumatic brain injury (TBI).  JWV National Commander Ira Novoselsky has placed the highest priority for the JWV in seeing that those returning from our current conflicts receive the care and treatment they deserve, especially for the many victims of TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “The resources of the VA must be focused on finding treatments for brain injuries, which are seen at record rates in our returning veterans,” said Commander Novoselsky. “It is of the utmost importance that an independent third-party investigates why these resources have been squandered over the past three years that this laboratory has been in existence.”  According to the VA, the move to Waco will allow veterans easier access to VA hospitals in Waco and in Temple, TX, and will enable them to work with service members at Ft. Hood. In addition, the VA stresses that the move will allow researchers access to the world’s most powerful research magnetic resonance (MRI) machine.



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