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Focus on Fairfax Newsletter of Delegate David Bulova
November 2009

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Only two months to go before the gavel drops and the 2010 Session of the General Assembly swings into action.  Do you have an idea for how to make our state government more effective, or want to discuss an issue that affects our community?  Stop by Main Street Bagel this Saturday, November 14th between 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and share your thoughts!  This is my last informal office hours for 2009.  As usual, the coffee is free and the format is casual.

Thank You, Veterans!

This past Saturday, I had the honor of participating in a Veterans Day Community Fair, including a ceremony to recognize our veterans, hosted by American Legion Post 177 and VFW Post 8469.  To everyone who has served our nation, thank you.  I know that it is through your sacrifices that I am able to raise my family in freedom.  I also know that even after active service, you continue to serve our community with enormous distinction.

While the General Assembly has passed a number of laws and programs to support our veterans, I want to highlight one program that I am very proud of - that is Virginia's efforts to support our returning veterans who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.  For the past 13 years, I've served on the Board of Brain Injury Services, which provides services to those who have suffered a brain injury.  Approximately 1.4 million people in the United States acquire a brain injury each year through auto accidents, falls, etc.  Unfortunately, TBI has also become the "signature" wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  While it is sometimes obvious - many times TBI is not.  TBI is often slow to manifest, or difficult to diagnose.  But in many cases, the individual is too proud to admit something is wrong and doesn't seek the help that he or she needs.  The impacts, however, can be devastating to both the returning veteran and his or her family. 

In 2008, Virginia decided that it wanted to do more - and we passed our own Wounded Warrior Program to supplement federal efforts.  As a result, Brain Injury Services and the Commonwealth have worked with the Veterans Administration and other military resources to make sure that no one falls through the cracks.  It is a work in progress, but I can think of few efforts that are more worthy.

So again, thank you for what you do for our community - both in defending our freedom and enriching our quality of life in your ongoing service!

I hope to see you on Saturday at Main Street Bagel!

Sincerely,

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David Bulova


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