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.
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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.
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"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.
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!
WHO CARES ABOUT OBAMA AND SEN. BAYH. THEY WILL NOT GET MY VOTE.
Senator Obama, continue this honorable path and the rest will fall into place. Honor our troops.
When it comes to supporting our troops, McCain is the one who is just talk.
I am still waiting for McCain to offer one solution for any of americas problems!
But Obama what didn't you go see the troops????
Now we know what's wrong with McCain and why he's playing such goofy games with his advertisements for President: TBI
Perhaps Bayh is on top due to alphabetical reasons?
Way to shift the attention from his stance on offshore drilling.
Hey Sweerie, You should have picked Hillary.
Bayh is a good Senator, but has no carisma.
Obama better pick his VP well.
He won't win anyhow.
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!
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.
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.
I am disappointed in Bayh if he does not turn down the VP if offered.
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.
And of course McCain isn't going to to sign it because he rejected about 8 GI Bills in the past already.
Lieberman is an Independent not a Democrat.
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.
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!
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
But where have you all been all this time?
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.
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!
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