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No-Brainer

Headline at the NYT? WaPo? Nope. This was in the Raleigh NC News & Observer, locally written piece. Let's see how fast this gets picked up by the "major media":

Brain injury budget faces cut:

Brain injuries are so common among U.S. troops that they're called the signature injury of the Iraq war, but Congress is poised to cut military spending on researching and treating them.

House and Senate versions of the defense appropriation bill would chop funding for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center from $14 million to $7 million.

The center runs 10 facilities across the country, including one at Fort Bragg that has performed research and treated soldiers' injuries since 1998.

"It's just ridiculous," said Sgt. Maj. Colin Rich, a Fort Bragg soldier who has been legally blind since he was shot in the head while serving in Afghanistan in 2002. "Whoever is cutting the budget must have a head injury themselves."

The Fort Bragg tie-in is what makes this a local story to North Carolina. Of course the injured veterans treated there come from all over the country, but the local media there won't pick up on this until these abused veterans are finally discharged, un- or at least insufficiently-treated, and living under local bridges and in discarded local cardboard boxes. Then the cry will go out "How did this happen?" and it will get pencilled in for coverage on the newsies when there's a lull in shark attacks and missing-pretty-people stories.

Congress blames the Pentagon for not "fighting hard enough for this money." Christ on a fucking spaghetti crutch. Maybe somebody was so dumb as to think this program was so blazingly self-evidently important as to not need all that much fluff 'n' salesmanship?

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