August 4th, 2008
06:50 PM ET
10 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. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    While Obama is doing what he can to care for our troops as always. McCain riding on the POW coatails does nothing but attack Obama. McKeatingFive...what is your plan? What say you?

    August 4, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. cjohnl

    Obama is a flip flopper.

    Want higher taxes!!!
    Want higher gas prices!!!!
    Want to shrink our Military forces!!!
    Want to fill unsecure in your own country and home!!!!
    Don't want to drill and send our money to terroist!!!!

    Vote for a democrap!!!

    August 4, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Former g.o.p.

    Why did McCain scrub his web-site, deleting all mention of McCain being "The One"? Go to Crooks and Liars and uncover another mccain hypocrisy.

    August 4, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Dee

    Tthose that say why didn't Obama do something for the vets before running for election, then you are misinformed about the candidates that are running for office. Obama has sponsored and co-sponsored several bills for veteran rights, especially their healthcare, in Illinois.

    Although I'm a democrat and will vote for Obama, I listented to each candidate speeches, visited their website, and looked into past bills from each. I advise all to do the same.

    August 4, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    Once again, the REAL "Support Our Troops" is being done by Democrats. Those that SAY they support our troops by trusting the republicans to KEEP them over there with litlle emphasis on taking CARE of them. This particular vet can not go the gop direction anymore- I switched parties long ago and I'm glad I did!

    August 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Republican No MORE!!!

    Happy B-Day BO!!!
    Next one will be at the White House!

    This quote says it best:

    "On the one hand we have Obama offering a $1000 citizen energy rebate, a windfall profits tax on rich oil companies, 5 million green jobs and independence from Middle East oil dependency in 10 years, Looking out for our Vets. On the other hand, we have McCain offering a tire gauge, peeks at Britney and Paris, and a cameo by John's old buddy, Moses. This is going to be a very difficult decision"

    OBAMA 08'

    August 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. wake up

    NEVEROBAMA August 4th, 2008 2:34 pm ET

    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
    and McCain has done what in the last 26 for Vets?....silence? oh I'll tell you Nothing but harm...the McCain Bill1991 making it impossible for families to get info about POWs who never came home, No on the GI bills, YES to illegal war...hmmmmm sounds fishy to me. i guess IF Vets had $2 million to give McCain maybe then McCain would be interested in them. and one more thing, IF McCain is a hero, why does he REFUSE to release his Military Records?

    August 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Bruce

    McCain supports the troops except if it costs money. Maybe if the veterans got together and started an oil company, he would be on their side. He may be a veteran, but when it comes to veterans benefits, he is a total fraud. He represents the robber barons, and no one else matters.

    August 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. MD

    Joe LIEberman is not a democrat!!!

    August 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Eddie

    Is there a veterans group that supports McCain? If there were it would be all over the news how the vets support McCain......why haven't we heard anything about it? Because McCain has not supported them. He is all about big business and big money....they use our troops to get what they want but don't have any desire to support them when they are back home. No contract bids for big business in Iraq....thats what our troops are fighting for......Check out McCain's voting record on the matter........Enough said

    August 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. AboutTheEmptySuit

    The goes that empty suit and secret Muslim acting, Flip Flopping, Rezko dealing, Rev Wright worshipping, Messiah pretending, Hussein naming, Elitist being, World Citizen senator 'Trying' to win my vote again!

    Sorry Obama you can't 'win' my vote(you already had it at Hello!)

    Did I mention he doesn't wear a Flag Pin?

    Go Obama in 08!

    August 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. AM

    Do we really need those conventions? Candidates have already been chosen and elected, so it seems. Why waste more taxpayers money on more good times for a group of party hardies.

    August 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Joe Kiloz

    Wouldn't be suprised if Batman & Robin get the "return to sender" based on senders needing the therapy more than our troops......

    August 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Rico

    Is it true that John McCain is really a muslim?

    August 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Jason in houston

    I am Hillary all the way. I tried to get on board with Obama but there is no way I can. I am not writing her name in the ballot. I will however, vote for McCain. He will only last 4 years and she can run against him to make it right in 2012. Sad to say, but it looks like we are picking between two candidates that don;t really match up.

    Hillary 2012!!!!

    August 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Chuck, Sacramento

    Again, Obama uses one of Hillary's big issues. She was the one who brought it to our attention, explaining what sort of injuries they were, and the urgency of meeting the needs of these injured soldiers. SHE is the one with the really important issues and Obama, with nothing of his own, is now using hers. What a mistake the DNC, Dean, and the Superdelegates made when they appointed Obama as the the Democratic candidate!

    August 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Phil

    My favorite thing about Democrat lawmakers is that their solution for any and everything is tax the wealthy, both people and business. My favorite thing about Democrat electorates is they don't understand that they will be negatively impacted by higher taxes and they vehemently attack the Republican candidates without any facts. It is just simple name calling. For 2008, they use "Mc" and add a term behind it. Democrats can never spit out facts...just the hearsay they candidates preach...for 2008, hearsay their new Messiah preaches. Democrats remind of kids; their answer for everything is "because" or silly name calling. Want to see how socialistic Democrats are, go check out that Employee Free Choice act that is trying to give unions superpowers. Obama is supporting that big is the Communist Party of America. Hmmmm!

    August 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Erin in Edmonds WA

    NeverObama: Please go to Google for Government (BTW created by Obama and a republican member of congress) or what ever way you want to to look up McCain's record on voting for veteran's benefits. Obama has a far better voting record favoring veterans and those who are currently on the front lines than McBullsh!t has. One of those votes took place recently, and McBullsh!t voted against it because he'd rather give good benefits to those in an attempt to force our men and women in uniform to make the military their career ONLY. Not everyone wants to be John McCain when they grow up. He is a lying manipulative joke.

    August 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. MJ for Obama

    H – nice intelligent comment. Thank you for adding something of value to this discussion – NOT!

    Deb, Okalahoma – Get over it. Hillary lost. Quit whining and/or cutting off your nose to spite your face.

    And for those who think he didn't visit the troops, it is pretty clear that you are NOT paying attention. He visited the troops in Iraq on his recent trip. How did you manage to miss that with all the coverage that he received and that you complain about?

    Those critical of this move are grasping at straws. If he didn't do something, you would be critical. Now that he did, and did so before McSame, you are saying that it is self-motivated. You can't have it both ways. I am a Democrat training to help brain-injured soldiers retain benefits. What are you doing?

    August 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. DJ, LA, CA

    Democrats are the REAL supporters of troops and Republicans rarely support more funding for better healthcare or benefits for veterans.

    Bayh would be an excellent choice for VP or Ed Rendell.

    August 4, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Just a Mom

    The costs of this war in Iraq is $542,000,000,000 and rising. Some economists say it will top $3 Trillion.
    However, it is the human costs that is immeasurable and concerns me most. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost their loved ones, those 320,000 suffering TBI and all the other wounded due to the Iraq War.

    August 4, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Chicago Red

    NC Man August 4th, 2008 2:29 pm ET
    But Obama what didn't you go see the troops????
    You Know why ..... you can call it Trapped .......McCain his Camp and the Penagon..... Those Scumbags had an Attack for him no matter WHAT......

    August 4, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Democrat no more

    I am so glad that more and more people are beginning to see through Obama's quest for power.

    He will lie at the drop of a hat to get the votes he needs to get into power.

    He has no solid stance on ANYTHING!

    I've voted for Democrats for 22 years, but not this time. McCain is more like what the Democratic Party used to stand for.

    One of many Democrats for McCain '08!

    August 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Disappointed Democrat

    Obama is like the leaves blowing in the wind. It depends on which direction the wind is blowing as to which side he is on. He is looking more and more unprofessional and I must say that this man is not capable of leading a big country like America. If you fellow americans want this great country to become like a third world country then vote for Obama but if you want this country to prosper then you will NOT vote for Obama. Obama says what he feels that you the voters want to hear that's why he keeps changing his stance. I am so disappointed thet the DNC and superdelegates let a good candidate not get voted in as the nominee and instead selected this person who is only going to let the republicans win again in November. Shame on you DNC and superdelegates and you will all regret it in November and you can only blame yourselves for the loss.

    August 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Brian

    Ummm....Liebermann is an Independent!

    August 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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