State Senator Pam Roach, R-Auburn, co-chair of the Joint Select Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs has announced the next veteran’s meeting will be held Wednesday, June 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Buckley Armory. The public is invited to participate.
The committee will discuss Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and the growing need in our state for a veteran’s brain trauma center. The use of improvised explosive devices (IED) in the current Iraq war has resulted in a large number of veterans returning home with TBI.
According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Investigator General on TBI made public May 1, veterans lack adequate treatment for TBI and there are significant needs to be met among returning veterans with brain injuries.
“This is very troubling news,” said Roach. “It is my hope a new facility will be created and be located in Pierce County.”