WASHINGTON, D.C. — With March designated as Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Veterans Administration held a press conference today to announce several health care initiatives aiming to increase awareness of something to do with veterans.
“To be perfectly honest, I can’t remember what this press conference was supposed to be about,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald upon arriving to the podium.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has often been called the defining injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over 300,000 service members have been diagnosed with TBI since 2001.
“I vaguely recall sitting in some planning meetings and watching some powerpoint presentations,” said McDonald. “As best as I can recall, it seems like there was some event coming up we were going to somehow commemorate.”
“I guess I should start writing this stuff down,” added McDonald. “Ugh, now I have a headache.”
Other Brain Injury Awareness Month initiatives within the VA include forgetting to hire enough providers, repeatedly losing paperwork, and gross executive dysfunction.