Building Awareness of Traumatic Brain Injuries
We believe that every business has a responsibility to advocate on behalf of its clients, customers and community. As a mission-driven organization, Success Rehabilitation seeks positive change for individuals with brain injury — many who rely on us to speak on their behalf. Developing a relationship with our elected officials is a way to improve awareness around the successes and challenges facing our community.
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican who represents Pennsylvania District 1, recently stopped by Success Rehabilitation’s Outpatient Program in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to learn more about the challenges that traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors face in obtaining access and funding for brain injury services.
As a member of the Bipartisan Brain Injury Caucus, U.S. Rep. Fitzpatrick recently has been a champion for the TBI community, signing two letters requesting increased funding for federal TBI programs:
The first letter was sent to the chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations requesting funding for programs for TBI in fiscal year 2020. At the federal level, the primary source of funding to address this growing population is provided through the TBI Act and includes funding for the TBI Model Systems, which supports projects and research for people with TBI.
The second letter was sent to the chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations requesting funding for programs for Department of Defense TBI programs in the fiscal year 2020 Defense Appropriations Bill, to identify and care for wounded warriors with TBI and psychological health issues and to improve research in these areas.
Four of these questions came from people who served in the Navy, Air Force, Marines or Special Forces. Awareness around issues such as veteran access to brain injury services is vital, as more than 375,000 service members have been diagnosed with mild TBI since 2000.
At the end of the time together, and in recognition of work serving the brain injury community, Success Rehabilitation was presented a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol at the request of Congressman Fitzpatrick. Our team and clients appreciated this gesture and are grateful for Congressman Fitzpatrick’s visit.
We look forward to working with his team in Washington, D.C., to further develop initiatives that have a positive impact for individuals with brain injury and raise awareness of the cause.