April 13, 2011 A military memorandum says that new requirements for diagnosing and treating brain injuries have resulted in a shortage of Army neurologists on battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.
March 17, 2011 The new guidelines should make it easier for soldiers with traumatic brain injuries from explosions to receive the Purple Heart. The Army's move comes in response to an investigation published last September by NPR and ProPublica that revealed some soldiers had been wrongly denied the medal.
February 7, 2011 The National Institutes of Medicine convened the first of what's expected to be a series of public panels to help determine whether cognitive rehabilitation therapy could help heal troops who suffered traumatic brain injuries in Afghanistan and Iraq.
February 4, 2011 A bipartisan group of 74 lawmakers issued a letter Friday demanding that the Pentagon's health plan cover a treatment for brain injured soldiers.
January 21, 2011 A letter was sent to the Defense Department to obtain more information on why its health plan won't cover cognitive rehabilitation therapy for troops with traumatic brain injuries.
January 16, 2011 For Sara Jenkins and her mother, Nancy Harmon Jenkins, food is a family affair — and a family business. Nancy, a food writer, lived in an old Tuscan farmhouse in a steep mountain valley. It was there that she first introduced her daughter, Sara, to uncomplicated cooking and fresh, flavorful ingredients.
January 5, 2011 Citing an NPR investigation, the nation's largest veterans' organization urged the government to begin covering treatment, which can cost more than $50,000 per patient.
December 23, 2010 An NPR/ProPublica investigation revealed that the military's health plan refuses to pay for a therapy that teaches everyday life skills to those who suffered traumatic brain injuries. The Pentagon says its is studying the therapy's efficacy.
December 21, 2010 At Project Share, started by philanthropist Bernie Marcus, brain-injured troops get cognitive therapy rehabilitation to relearn basic tasks of life — care the Pentagon's Tricare health plan won't pay for.
December 20, 2010 NPR News/ProPublica Investigation: Tricare, which covers nearly 4 million troops and military retirees, denies coverage of cognitive rehabilitation to traumatic brain-injury victims, despite consensus from medical specialists who say it improves the quality of life.
December 20, 2010 Civilian clinics offering cognitive rehabilitation are reluctant to treat brain-injured troops knowing that Tricare won’t cover the full cost.
December 20, 2010 ECRI Institute's methodology is called into question after they find limited evidence of the benefits of cognitive rehabilitation for those suffering from traumatic brain injuries.
December 20, 2010 Top neurologists, psychiatrists and rehabilitation experts say cognitive rehabilitation is the best therapy for injured troops, but cost of care could soar into billions.
December 20, 2010 A FOIA request for documents on a Tricare-commissioned study that concluded cognitive rehabilitation therapy was not effective was met with contradictory denials and explanations from Tricare and the company that did the study.