As a follow up to my initial post on Presdient Bush’s proposed 2006 budget cuts to brain injury programs, The National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems has issued a press release which I would like to share with the readers of this blog. The President’s budget calls for the elimination of a program that serves people with Traumatic Brain Injuries. This program has seen an increase in demand for its services based on the large number of returning veterans who have experienced disabilities during their service to America. The press release states, “According to a report in The Washington Post (12/14/2003), 62 percent of the wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center suffered a traumatic brain injury and that number is likely to grow as the number of wounded soldiers grows.” The National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems was created by President Nixon in 1975 and is the nation’s disability rights network which provides a continuum of legally based advocacy services to the country’s most vulnerable people – children and adults with disabilities and their families. It serves over 80,000 individuals spread across every state and territory. You can read The National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems here.