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. Joan

    Just another example of the McCain campaign seizing on just about anything to mock. They really need to get a grip and campaign about the issues instead of trying to divert everything to a personality race.

    That's not a winning platform...if people vote on image McCain is really dead in the water.

    August 4, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Kpawlak

    Obama must be watching the polling again. Start the pandering.

    August 4, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. tony

    It is obvious that this man is not ready to be President-
    His energy plan is fill your tires-
    WE already take care of Brain Injuries-

    Let's Face it Dems-
    Facts-
    McCain is not running a great Campaign-
    Right or wrony –you hate George Bush-
    The Economy is not in Good Shape–
    It's a Democrat Cycle for President-
    YET
    Race is a statisical Dead Heat-
    The people that will vote will recognize his inexperience-
    He ran 4 Years too Early-
    CLINTON should have run for President with OBAMA as Vice President which would have probably Guarantee 16 Years of Dem rule–
    Thank Goodness they were not smart enough to figure that out-
    Now it will probably be McCain for 4 then Hilliary for 8-
    Thay's my quess-Obama will be playing footsie with Ludacrius !!

    August 4, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Pamela, WA

    Way to go Barack, you are doing a great job.

    Happy Birthday Senator, take some time out for yourself today. You're allowed.

    O/08

    August 4, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. NoMccain

    I am deeply disturbed in both candidates now, they are moving discussiion of tapping into ANWR as if you can count on it as being reality now. This is fundamentally dangerous to the US in many ways. 1. It perpatually adds to global warming and does not solve the problems we face. 2. The last pristine place in the nation will be destroyed without batting an eye. 3. When we run out of our oil, think of even higher gas prices, if other oil-rich nations decide to let us live. 4. Relying on the oil companies for scratching our backs later is very scary, because they will follow where the money takes them, i.e. China nad India. 5. Finally, there is NO GUARANTEE that the oil tapped from ANWR will ever hit the US market. It could be sold to the Chinese or India. ASK QUESTIONS PEOPLE!!!
    WAKE UP!!
    WAKE UP!!
    WAKE UP!!

    August 4, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. RJ

    Just more photo op garbage from Obama.

    Veterans already receive high-quality care for traumatic brain injury and other conditions. You should visit a military hospital some time - I regularly visit one in San Diego, where my friend is treated.

    You have no idea how fabulously veterans and active-duty personnel are treated and cared for with the latest technology and patient care services. The rest of U.S. health care should be this outstanding!

    August 4, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. R.I.F.

    NEVEROBAMA August 4th, 2008 2:34 pm ET

    Actually there are veteran groups that grade the senators amd Obama recieved an 80 and McCain a 20. These are non-partisan groups and if you don't beleive me then go check it out for yourself. It's a big dfference betweem being a vet and actually supporting vets. McCain gets away with not supporting the vets because he was a POV which is unfair.

    August 4, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Ted van Tol

    Another example who is the thru leader here!

    Barack so many people love you just because
    you are yourself all the way. Stay like that, please!

    August 4, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Travis

    The next president OBAMA has shown LEADERSHIP as far as the

    troops....McWar doesn't give a RATS BUTT about the troops ...only
    ,
    his OIL BUDDIES..that Cheney, Bush, McWar are willing to make

    money on the dead soldiers backs......they will kill as many as they

    can to get the oil companies to make money for all of them

    August 4, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Are you guys talking about Gepeto Liberman?

    August 4, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. RJ

    Another "rabbit" trick from Obama - no substance to his latest claims.

    August 4, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Bill MA.

    The republicans say they support the war. The time has come to institute a draft for military service. Let everyone do some of the heavy lifting. Our gutless legislators are home for five weeks doing nothing. When are people going to demand results from these sleazebags? Draft everyone, see if the republicans still want the status Quo. In all of our countries history we haven't had such dishonest, corrupt, big business adoration. The republicans are shameful, and the dem's not much better.

    August 4, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Agnes

    Why didn't he visit the troops in hospital during his recent European trip??? Clearly if Sen Obama felt this was a worthwhile endeavor he would have visited them. This is just a publicity stunt that should be seen for what it is. Our vets are deserving of better and any and all support and should not be used as a vehicle for political gain!

    August 4, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. cracka smaka

    for all those who questions why it has taken Obama so long to get involved with this cause .........bite me.....he is the only candidate left who opposed to war from the start......he has only been in the senate for a lil over 180 days.......you may wanna question Americas POW MC mygrandadddy and daddy got me my wings........he has been in the senate for 26 years and these issues are not new........some of you are just Obama haters and whatever he does will never be enough....I can live with it but I can't stand the lobsided critique when Mc Clueless hasn't done anything as of late along with not remembering much lately..........down with the rethug oppressors and lets gamble with change.......

    August 4, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Greg FL.

    If McCain thinks spending 6 years in a cell makes him ready to serve as president. Then I have a whole bunch of potential candidates for the GOP in Starke Prison here in FL.

    If these jokes and mocking Obama is how he treats people he claims to respect. Then what will he do with foreign leaders he doesn't like? He'll go to war with them that's what. There will be no diplomacy with temper tantrum McCain. It will more shoot first make up lies later GW foreign policy.

    And last, Can anyone seriously allow a man who has no clue where Iraq is to have his finger on the nuclear trigger?.

    August 4, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Peter

    Bayh, Clinton, Kennedy, Kerry, Lieberman. Isn't that simply called alphabetical order!!!!

    August 4, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. EMJ

    All the Obama Haters! KMA

    August 4, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. ANGIE

    While obama is addressing the issuses and our problems as well as addressing the issuses of our troops, Where is mccain off putting together another childish ad who will he insult now??? and turn around and say hes just having FUN well senator mccain WHEN ARE YOU GONNA GET SERIOUS LIKE SENATOR OBAMA OR ARE YOU GONNA LET HIM DO ALL OF THE WORK AND THEN SNEAKILY TRY TO TAKE CREDIT AND JUMP ON BOARD WITH HIM YOUR PATHETIC MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA/08

    August 4, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. McCain:SmallWeakCowardlyManOffersMoreOfTheSame TearsOthersDownToBuildHimselfUp

    At least Mr. Obama is DOING something other than using the troops as pawns and props while voting against every senate bill that would benefit them like someone else by the name of Grampy McSame as Bush who just talks about "honoring" them with his hollow psuedo-patriotism.

    August 4, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. cnn junkie

    so much for "he hates the troops".if mccain win in nov i am moving to iraq,trust me it will be better than what mcbush will do to this country.

    August 4, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. tony

    Hey Anonymous–
    Thank God you live in America–
    There are a lot of places you could get thrown in Jail for those comments-
    If you had 1% of the character of either person running for President that would be a miracle-
    But there is good news for you-
    You can even vote-What a Country-!!
    Too bad your in it !!!
    Wish they would put this on but only about 1 out of 3 dp get on-
    I quess they want to make it look like everyone is for Obama–
    Trust me–
    He's not winning !!

    August 4, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Obama supporter: Bipartisan Intelligence in Gov't

    Justin in CA and NC Man: Try to keep up. Thie McCain myth about Obama's decision about visiting the troops has been debunked by the reporters and people who were actually there!!

    Just wondering: Where has McCain been for the past 26 years. Please tell me all the specific legislation he keeps touting about himself??

    Jon: Try to hold more than one proposal in your mind at the same time. Obama's energy proposal contain both short term relief as well as long term proposals.

    When is Senator McCain going to take his shift with his fellow Republicans in Washington, DC??

    August 4, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Phantom of the Oprah

    Obama and his race-baiting allies- MSNBC, CNN, Roland, Jamal, D Brazille, Michelle and all his hateful cult followers- have turned HILL and BILL into heroes and legends for suffering so bravely while being unfairly attacked and demeaned and slandered...BY THEIR OWN PARTY.

    Way to go Obamadiots.

    August 4, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Rocky

    Glad to here it I hope it isn't just more political posturing.

    August 4, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Tony Z- MD

    Compare McCain and Obama's voting records for Veterans. What is McCain's real record in Vietnam- he knows how to win wars. He was never a military commander.

    About the Present vote that is an Ilnois thing. Understand the difference.

    Education. Vouchers do not work. You are just moving the money from one pot to another. Fix the schools- period. Start paying teachers and giving them other benefits.

    August 4, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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