US House and Senate Members Question Spending on TBI Research Money Spent in Texas


VA study spending questioned

by Janice Gibbs | Medical Writer
Published: August 11, 2010

Two legislators are asking the Department of Veterans Affairs how the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System spent $6.3 million designated for the study of traumatic brain injury in veterans.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Brad Mil­ler, D-N.C., chairman of the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversights, sent a letter in July to Gen. Eric Shin­seki, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, requesting a full accounting of the funds and a description of all other research being conducted on traumatic brain injury.

Diana Struski, public affairs officer with the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network, said she expects Shinseki’s response sometime this week.

In 2003, the Department of Veterans Affairs designated $6.3 million for the study of traumatic brain injury for veterans through its Brain Imaging and Recovery Laboratory in Austin.

The imaging center was to use MRI equipment at the University of Texas in Austin to treat and monitor thousands of veterans with traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder. The center opened in January 2006 and a director came on board in January 2007.

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