Also of note this week was the Department of Veterans Affairs' publication of a Final Rule to revise the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities to provide detailed and updated criteria for evaluating residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
According to USA Today, issuance of this Final Rule marks the first time the VA has formally acknowledged "that veterans suffering from this less severe version of the Iraq war’s signature wound will struggle to make a living." (USA Today, 9/23/08, Gregg Zoroya).
BIAA is working on developing an analysis of these new regulations. A copy of the Final Rule is available online: www.federalregister.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2008-22083_PI.pdf.