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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Keeping Seriously Injured Veterans from Falling through the Cracks in NY

July 30, 2007

A presidential commission is calling today for a new recovery plan for returning veterans. New York advocates say the report's main finding is right on the money: getting injured vets to the right services can make the difference between going home, or ending up in a nursing home or even on the street. At the Center for Independence of the Disabled, Susan Dooha worries that seriously injured veterans returning to New York may not know about available help, even though it might be just down the block.

"Unless veterans are specifically linked with these services, they really are at very high risk of spending their lives in institutions, or on the street, in homeless shelters. The stakes are so high, for these folks and their families."

The "President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors" focused on meeting the needs of the seriously injured, so they can get back to military service or civilian life.

New York has been steadily building up services for people with traumatic brain injury and Dooha agrees that the next step, outlined in the report, is to make sure veterans get access to all of those services.

"One of their findings is the problem isn't brick and mortar, it isn't creating more hospitals for people, it's really linking people to the services that are available to them locally."

Traumatic Brain Injury has been called the "signature injury" of the war in Iraq. Dooha has suffered one of those injuries, and emphasizes that with the right kind of help, people have new lives.

"When a loved one comes back from Iraq or Afghanistan with a traumatic brain injury, their biggest wish and the biggest wish of their family, is that they can come home again and be part of the family and be part of the community."

The report is available at www.pccww.gov/docs/Kit/Main_Book_CC%5BJULY26%5D.pdf.

Michael Clifford/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NY