Rep. TJ Cox Pushes for Critical Funding to Help Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries Access Long Term Care

May 26, 2020
Press Release
Rep. Cox advocates for funding that benefits Central Valley Veterans with TBI in the Appropriations Process
As the House of Representatives begins work on its annual appropriations bills to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2021, Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21) has been actively pushing for Central Valley priorities to be fully funded. In most years, Central Valley communities are ignored in the funding process, despite the fact that California’s Central Valley contains many rural, disadvantaged communities where veterans often must travel hours to get basic medical care. Rep. Cox is making sure our taxpayer dollars return to the Valley in order to fund the federal programs most critical to our communities. 
 
Representative Cox has advocated for Central Valley’s veterans since day one and will continue to prioritize the well-being, needs, and adequate care of every veteran including those suffering from severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), many of whom require long-term residential care. Veterans who have suffered severe TBI often face challenges in finding adequate care when they return home. Traditional assisted living facilities typically cater to an older population with different mobility and physical fitness levels thus creating additional challenges for veterans returning home with TBI. 
 
As the House of Representatives begins work on its annual appropriations bills to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2021, Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21) has been actively pushing for Central Valley priorities to be fully funded. In most years, Central Valley communities are ignored in the funding process, despite the fact that California’s Central Valley contains many rural, disadvantaged communities where veterans often must travel hours to get basic medical care. Rep. Cox is making sure our taxpayer dollars return to the Valley in order to fund the federal programs most critical to our communities. 
 
Representative Cox has advocated for Central Valley’s veterans since day one and will continue to prioritize the well-being, needs, and adequate care of every veteran including those suffering from severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), many of whom require long-term residential care. Veterans who have suffered severe TBI often face challenges in finding adequate care when they return home. Traditional assisted living facilities typically cater to an older population with different mobility and physical fitness levels thus creating additional challenges for veterans returning home with TBI. 
 

Earlier this week, Rep. Cox also introduced the Caring for Survivors Act of 2020, a bill that would increase dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) for surviving dependents and lower the threshold of eligibility to allow certain survivors to receive this benefit who currently do not meet the requirements. It is important to not only take care of veteran’s and their families while they are alive, but also to make sure the surviving families are taken care of should the worst happen.

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