AAN Member Testifies Before Congress re. VA Epilepsy Legislation

October 26, 2007

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Brien Smith, MD, Medical Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and 2006 Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum alum, testified in support of S.2004, the Senate's VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence bill, before the US Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee on October 24. The bill, developed with the involvement of the AAN, calls for the creation of six epilepsy centers of excellence to be overseen by the VA's Director of Neurology.

"Given the high rate of post-traumatic epilepsy that veterans with TBI are likely to endure, Congress should take a strong role in veterans' health care by directing the VA to establish a strong national epilepsy program with research, education, and clinical centers that would provide state-of-the-art care for our brave soldiers," said Smith.

The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee will next meet on November 14, 2007 for consideration of S. 2004. The AAN will be working for a positive vote from the committee, which would make the bill eligible for consideration on the floor of the US Senate.

Video of the committee hearing and a copy of Dr. Smith's testimony are available online.

For more information on the AAN's work to improve care for veterans with TBI and related conditions, contact Mike Amery at mamery@aan.com.

See also AAN Member to Testify before U.S. Senate Committee re. Epilepsy Centers Legislation.