Relying on a study that external reviewers described as “deeply flawed,” “unacceptable,” and “dismaying,” the Pentagon’s health plan refuses to pay for cognitive rehabilitation therapy, which “teaches everyday life skills to those who suffered traumatic brain injuries.” Consequently, as noted in a recent story on NPR, entrepreneur and philanthropist Bernard Marcus is funding a program to care for veterans with such injuries:
In July 2008, he visited officials at the Army Surgeon General’s office to pitch cooperation between Project Share and the military. He got a tepid response …
“It just doesn’t make sense to me. It frustrates me. And it angers me. Kids are wandering around the streets today that will become tomorrow’s criminals that were yesterday’s heroes. How pathetic is that?
“We owe these kids a hell of a lot more.”
Comments on the implications of what this story reveals for social philosophy and political theory are welcomed.