Illinois House Passes Legislation on PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Illinois House Passes Legislation on PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries

March 29, 2011 Updated Mar 29, 2011 at 4:45 PM CDT

The Illinois House of Representatives has unanimously passed legislation, sponsored by State Representative Jason Barickman (R-Champaign) which will publicize services available for Illinois veterans who may have suffered traumatic brain injuries in combat.

"Providing the requisite services to treat our injured veterans when they return from protecting our freedoms abroad must always remain an utmost priority for state government," said Representative Barickman. "This legislation will allow for increased awareness of vital services available to our service men and women who have suffered brain injuries."

House Bill 3275 creates the Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Public Service Announcement Fund as a specially dedicated fund in the State Treasury.

Private donations, not taxpayer dollars, will be collected and deposited into the fund, with the collected revenue to be used to pay for public service announcements informing veterans of benefits and services provided by the state to help treat traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

"In many cases our returning service members do not even know these programs exist. In some cases veterans will forgo treatment for very serious medical conditions simply because they are not aware the state of Illinois offers this type of medical assistance," said Rep. Barickman.

House Bill 3275 passed the Illinois House 114-0 and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

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