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      house Committees
      House Committee on Armed Services
      Military Personnel
    IntroducedApril 17th, 2018

What is it?

This bill — known as the SWORDD Act — would direct the Secretary of Defense to develop a plan for improving research into treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress (PTS). The plan would include the collaboration of the Defense Health Agency, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, major universities, and private firms on ways to accelerate breakthrough therapies in the treatment of TBI and PTS. Additionally, it would include recommendations for executive or legislative actions needed to carry out the plan.

The bill’s full title is the Speed Warrior Outcomes, Research, Detection and Diagnosis (SWORDD) Act of 2018 — an acknowledgment that TBI represent 22% of all combat casualties from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan compared to 12% of combat casualties in Vietnam.

Impact

Servicemembers and veterans with TBI or PTS; relevant government agencies, universities, and companies.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) introduced this bill to develop an action plan for accelerating research into innovative therapies for TBI and PTS patients:

“This legislation is about accountability for results. Our service members and veterans deserve the same urgency for rapid delivery of innovative diagnosis and treatment for PTS and TBI that we give to new weapons and other breakthrough military technologies.”

This legislation has the support of four bipartisan cosponsors, including three Democrats and one Republican.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: U.S. Army - Sgt. Paige Behringer / Public Domain)

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Speed Warrior Outcomes, Research, Detection and Diagnosis Act of 2018

Official Title

To direct the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress a plan for improvements to traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress research.

    If this government is going to continue to send its young citizens into live fire zones expressly to increase the profitability of its own private industry sector, AND THEN not require said business sector to pay taxes that support public health, then BY GOD YES, IT IS THE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO CARE FOR THOSE SOLDIERS WHO ARE DAMAGED BY THIS EXPERIENCE!!!
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    This appears to be a nice, feel-good, look what we did bill. There are no cost estimates and there are no dollars allocated. Where does the money come from? As a person living with PTS(D) I’m in favor of all this additional research. With friends who live with TBI I know how horrible this is. We need huge resources to investigate these challenges. This bill sounds great but appears to actually do almost nothing. They can pass it but it won’t do a damned thing to help.
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    We needed this years ago! PTSD and Shell-Shock Syndrome (which in my opinion is a little different than PTSD) have plagued warriors and common citizens alike and if we can help lower the symptoms, citizens and warriors would be able to integrate back into society instead of being reclusive or withdrawn in some ways. Help out our fellow neighbors, improve the research. It’s the least we can do for them.
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    This subject is very near and dear to me as I lost an uncle to suicide who suffered from PTSD after coming home from the first gulf war! We are FAILING the men and women who lay their lives on the line to protect our freedoms!!! It is CRIMINAL how they’re treated when they get home as far as veterans’ benefits!!! It is COMPLETELY unacceptable!!!
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    Why is this even a question?
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    Any money spent on mental health is money spent well. Did you know texas is the 49th state for mental health care? We are only ahead of Alaska. Things need to change- mental health is what governs the functioning of our society. It’s nothing trivial and it effects everyone. We need to fund a massive effort toward mapping and understanding the brain so we can use that basis to innovate new technologies for better health and anything else knowledge of how the brain functions brings on!
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    “H.R. 5528 — SWORDD ACT” By all means YES and the sooner the better Our veterans deserve and need this Legislation passed quickly. I very strongly support the SWORDD Act — (AKA H.R. 5528 — SWORDD Act of 2018 Speed Warrior Outcomes, Research, Detection and Diagnosis Act of 2018) would direct the Secretary of Defense to develop a plan for improving research into treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress (PTS). The plan would include the collaboration of the Defense Health Agency, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, major universities, and private firms on ways to accelerate breakthrough therapies in the treatment of TBI and PTS. This bill would accelerate the development of innovative treatments for traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress, which in turn will improve the lives of our nation’s servicemembers and veterans. 5*6*18. SEE: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5528/all-info
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    We owe veterans no less, and don’t forget childhood experience of violence also causes ptsd. The number of people in our society who suffer from this condition are much higher than many realize. History shows techniques developed to help wounded warriors ends up benefitting society as a whole in time.
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    I'm all for any science and medical research. Historically, increased funding in research and development has been directly correlated with economic growth and social wellbeing.
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    You break ‘em, you fix ‘em. That’s the only way to avoid the “disposable soldier” mentality. Back this up with mandatory funding requirements too. The military was just given a massive spending increase after all.
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    This bill is long overdue. Mental health issues affect everyone, especially our veterans, and should be a top priority for any country that wants its citizens and servicemembers to be healthy and productive.
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    We should protect and take care of those who protect us. They are not machines made for war, they are women and men.
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    These people have put their lives on the line for US. Now it’s time we put them first. Absolutely! We need to help them all we can for any injuries they receive while serving this country.
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    YES!!! This is a non question and INCLUDE THE RESEARCH ALREADY DONE ON MARIJUANA.
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    Why wasn’t this done years ago??
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    Support our military! Obviously this is needed so let’s get it done.
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    This just makes Common sense.
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    This is not a legal or legitimate function of the federal government. Research and charitable endeavors are worthy of our support. But according to the Constitution, the law of the land, it is not listed among the enumerated powers of our government. Also, it is unethical to take money by force (taxes) in order to fund what one believes as a worth cause. This because the person who earned the money has their own causes they would use the money for that are no less worthy. Government cannot be compassionate, since it is only compassionate to give of yourself. The government only has to give what it has forcibly taken, which appears compassionate to the recipient, but cruel to the rest.
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    Yes of course we owe them!!!!
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    Yes, PTS & TBI can be debilitating and so distressing. More research would be a first step. Fully funding the research and then treatment will be an essential next step. This will benefit so many hard working Americans.
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