On March 13, 2007, more than 100 neurologists visited Washington, DC, to participate in the fifth annual Neurology on the Hill. They advocated for better neurological care and treatment for combat veterans injured during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their efforts highlighted for members of Congress the critically important role of neurology in screening, diagnosing and treating veterans with brain injuries and other complications such as post-traumatic epilepsy.
As a result, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D – NY) invited the AAN to help draft legislation, the Heroes at Home Act, to improve screening for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in combat veterans, enhance telehealth services, and establish better training programs for injured veterans and their families for managing TBI.
On Thursday, March 29, 2007, Senator Clinton held a press conference outlining her "Heroes at Home Act of 2007". Academy members Katherine Henry, MD, MEd, FAAN and Bert Vargas, MD were invited to speak on behalf of the AAN in support of the bill.