Fort Bliss Inquiry: Members of Congress inquire about soldier’s TBI treatments

06/17/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

El Paso, TX—A slew of allegations of improper care of soldier’s traumatic brain injuries at Fort Bliss have prompted members of Congress to take action. An inquiry has been launched, giving Fort Bliss officials until June 21 to respond to a letter sent by the members of Congress, as reported by KFOXTV.

It is estimated that 20 percent of soldiers who are coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan have a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is an injury to the brain, which is usually caused by an explosion.

Sgt. Victor Medina sustained a TBI in June 2009, which has caused him to suffer from memory and concentration problems, as well as stutter and balance issues.

Medina claims he was offered only fours hours of therapy for his TBI at Fort Bliss. Healthcare providers recommend much more therapy time for proper rehabilitation.

The formal letter asks Fort Bliss officials for answers about their TBI program.

Fort Bliss released a statement, in part: “…We will provide additional information as the inquiries are completed. Our commitment is to provide quality health care, in a timely manner, to those who serve in our military.”

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