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.