Congressman Higgins announces over $2.4 million in federal funding for VA Medical Center

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The U.S. Department of Affairs awarded the Buffalo VA Medical Center federal funding for research.

VA officials plan to use the money to come up with ways to improve the lives and health of combat veterans.

Combat veterans returning from the battlefield often come home with physical wounds and emotional scars.

While medical professionals can see the work they have to do for a wounded warrior it is the mental and emotional issues that are a lot harder to identify and treat. 

Buffalo Congressman Brian Higgins announced the grants today at the VA on Bailey Avenue.

The research will concentrate on three general areas of veterans’ health, including the best ways to diagnose and treat mild traumatic brain injury or concussions.

Also benefitting from the federal grants would be the University at Buffalo’s school of medicine, which conducts research in tandem with the VA Medical Center.

Research is also dedicated to older veterans and some of the medical issues they go through, such as Alzheimers Disease and various other forms of dementia.

VA officials also point out that their findings from the 5-year research program can also benefit Americans’ health in general especially with one of the studies involving heart health.

Heart disease has been found to be the number one cause of death in the U.S.

With so much attention paid to combat veterans’ rates of suicide which is twice the national rate the combined effect of the research from the $2 million dollars in grants could possibly make a difference in that area of treatment, too.

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