August 4th, 2008
06:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama, Bayh send letter to Pentagon on traumatic brain injuries

Obama met with Gen. Petraeus while visiting Iraq last month.
Obama met with Gen. Petraeus while visiting Iraq last month.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As speculation over the number two slot rises, presidential candidate Barack Obama and potential v.p. contender Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana joined forces Monday, signing a letter with eight other senators that urges Defense Secretary Robert Gates to increase medical coverage and care for Iraq war veterans left with serious brain injuries.

Watch: Obama pledges help for veterans

The senators point to a recent study from the RAND Corporation that estimates 320,000 troops from the two Iraq wars experienced a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

Earlier: Obama camp launches military families working group

"We are concerned that at a time when TBI is recognized as the signature wound of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan," the senators write, "one of the most widely accepted and critical rehabilitative treatments for this injury… cognitive rehabilitation therapy, is excluded by the military's … health insurance program."
The other senators signing on to the letter include political notables Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass and Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-CT. Obama and Bayh's name are clearly perched at the top.

soundoff (346 Responses)
  1. Rich in Seattle

    So while McCain attacks Obama and doesn't seem to offer anything of his own as to what he would do as President. Obama is out there really supporting our troops by doing right by them. For being a Vet, McCain sure doesn't go out of his way to put his money where his mouth is when it comes to these issues.

    It's obvious who the country needs as our next President. Obama 08!

    August 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. H

    WHO CARES ABOUT OBAMA AND SEN. BAYH. THEY WILL NOT GET MY VOTE.

    August 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Abby

    Senator Obama, continue this honorable path and the rest will fall into place. Honor our troops.

    OBAMA 08

    August 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Justin in CA

    When it comes to supporting our troops, McCain is the one who is just talk.

    August 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. INSANE IN THE MCCAIN

    I am still waiting for McCain to offer one solution for any of americas problems!

    August 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. NC Man

    But Obama what didn't you go see the troops????

    August 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. California Gold

    Now we know what's wrong with McCain and why he's playing such goofy games with his advertisements for President: TBI

    August 4, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Benjamin

    Perhaps Bayh is on top due to alphabetical reasons?

    August 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Miami Beach

    Way to shift the attention from his stance on offshore drilling.

    August 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Deb, Oklahoma

    Hey Sweerie, You should have picked Hillary.

    August 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. R. C. NY

    Bayh is a good Senator, but has no carisma.

    Obama better pick his VP well.

    He won't win anyhow.

    August 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Bizarro Rick Davis

    Bizarro Rick Davis here!

    Last month, John McCain suggested people use sunscreen to help prevent skin cancer! That's John McCain's health care plan? Use sunscreen! Ridiculous!

    August 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Jim

    Way to go! While Mccain is Mocking Obama, Obama is focusing on the issues and is paying attention to our troops even as Mccain accuses him of not carring. Had Mccain not spent his energy mocking Obama he would see this problem as well, the senile fool.

    August 4, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. GodBlessYouTed

    I can not wait to hear What Mccain The loser have to say about this. I am sure he will come up with an absurd attack , but we will wait and see.

    August 4, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Lynn

    I am disappointed in Bayh if he does not turn down the VP if offered.

    August 4, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. NEVEROBAMA

    Rich in Seattle

    Your candidate is a joke!!! What has he done for the past 3 years for our Vets? Now he shows his concern? Please he is one of the worst politicians of our time.

    McCain 08

    August 4, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Faux News

    And of course McCain isn't going to to sign it because he rejected about 8 GI Bills in the past already.

    August 4, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. steven

    Lieberman is an Independent not a Democrat.

    August 4, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. AF Vet

    Sorry to point this out Rich, put I'm a vet and take it from me, democrats don't like us. Its all just for the cameras.

    August 4, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Independent_me

    As the parent of two military sons I appreciate what Obama is doing for military families. God knows that the Republicans talked a good talk as far as the military is concerned – but we all know now how empty and shallow their patriotism is! They failed our sons and daughters while feeding us patriotic propaganda!

    I believe that our sons and daughters who are serving so valiantly will be treated with much more respect by Obama when he is elected President.

    While I honor McCain's service, I do not respect him for betraying his own principles and adopting those of one of the most hate filled and divisive government that the US had had to endure in modern times. I have been more and more saddened, ashamed and shocked at how McCain is morphing into a Carl Rove/George Bush clone!

    August 4, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. phil

    it's obvious that we have no leadership , or persons qualified to lead in the house , senate , or running for the presidency. how about a major recallvote on all of them . and if the new candidates are affiliated with either party they are not elligible for election

    August 4, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Just wondering

    But where have you all been all this time?

    August 4, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    Thank goodness someone is thinking of the poor military people over fighting for us. They should have the best medical care possible because all military are not rich like Senator McCain who was in the military or his son(s) who don't have to worry because their family has money.

    August 4, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. The Watcher

    McCain and the Repugs are deliberately trying to lose. Don't you get it? Obama is the designated leader who is going to usher in a new era of "Big Brother". Watch out now!

    August 4, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. wake up

    did anyone else see CNN? yet another duuuuuuuh what ? moment from Mccain...asked a simple question the lobbyist running his campaign could not screen? McCain, since he thinks the plight of the American people is sooooooo funny should be running for "last comic standing" instead of President of the United States...wow McCain sold his straight talk for a mere $1,100,000.00 he seems like the swap meet candidate

    August 4, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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