Wednesday, April 13, 2011

SB 102 Establishing a Commission to study the effects of service-conected post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury suffered in the line of duty by members of the Armed Forces and Veterans

Last Thursday, SB 102 passed in my committee by a vote of 12-0 which was a bi-partisan vote. I spoke today on the floor to the House of representatives to ensure that the State Reps are well aware that this commission started in 2008, where the committee did not complete the report and asked for a extension by Rep Ray Gagnon from Claremont, who did a great job. Senator Carson and I put a bill in to extend the Commission to another year to complete the work. After passage last year the Democrat Leadership dropped the ball and failed to assign anyone to Chair the commission and then after my many complaints Former Speaker Norrelli assigned Rep Roberts from Keene but it was to late to get it done. I had talked with Sen Carson about putting the bill back in, so we can pick up the ball to finish this Commission on PTSD-TBI once in for all, so we can identify and document lessons learned on how we did not take care of all Veterans of past wars, so we are prepared to take care of all NH Veterans who have PTSD/TBI today.

The bill passed 347Y - 1N and will be sent to the Governor for signature. We will start putting the Commission together to move as a Team to complete this Commission to identify the issues here in NH.

Rep AL Baldasaro
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