The physical and mental effects on troops exposed to blast overpressure from weapons are getting attention from the Army and Congress. (Photo by U.S. Army, Staff Sgt. Arturo Guzman).
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First hyperlink is for the proposed Senate amendment to Title 10. Of note, on pg. 33 line 11, is “Special Operations Brain Health and Trauma Program”.  On pg.45 line 8, the formal language for TBI is now codified: “Definition of Traumatic Brain Injury”. 
Below is an article from Task & Purpose that embeds the attached Senate amendment to Title 10:  
Blast overpressure getting attention from lawmakers
A new bill demands more oversight for troops injured from heavy weapon blasts, TBIs and the Army is developing a tool for troops to check their blast exposure risk.

Murphy Legislation to Provide Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Veterans Passes VA Health Subcommittee

April 16, 2024

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D.’s legislation, H.R. 3649, the Veterans National Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act, passed the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health by voice vote. This bipartisan bill would establish a pilot program at the Department of Veterans Affairs to furnish hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

“Since entering office, advocating for new treatment pathways for our veterans has been one of my top priorities,”  said Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. “During my time in the North Carolina House of Representatives, I successfully led the effort to make hyperbaric oxygen therapy accessible to veterans in our state. I’m proud to announce that the U.S. House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee has passed my Veterans National Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act which would enact similar reform at the national level. I’m grateful for the support of my colleagues and look forward to continuing my advocacy on behalf of this lifesaving treatment.”

Cosponsors: Reps. Marilyn Strickland (D-WA), Jennifer Kiggans (R-VA), Don Davis (D-NC), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), William Timmons (R-SC), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Bill Huizenga (R-MI), and Del. James Moylan (R-GU).

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy accelerates the brain’s healing process by providing the bloodstream with elevated oxygen to reach and repair damaged tissue and restore normal function.

Studies demonstrate that HBOT is an effective treatment for veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI. Authors of one such study described HBOT as having “one of the greatest reductions in PTSD symptoms in a four-week period with any reported treatment.”

Despite its proven efficacy and requests by Members of Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs currently does not employ HBOT.

ACTION on the Bill thus far; date for full Comm vote TBD.

[Attached, please find our response to the VA Testimony at the hearing on 3.21.2024. All our testimony inserted into the Record can be found at:

Date All Actions
04/16/2024 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote.
Action By: House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health
04/16/2024 Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held
Action By: House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health
03/21/2024 Subcommittee Hearings Held
Action By: House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health
06/20/2023 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Action By: Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
05/24/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
Action By: House of Representatives
05/24/2023 Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives