Some 24,000 veterans will begin receiving notices this week of their right to have a new TBI examination from the VA.

Last month, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald agreed to offer new Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) examinations to the 24,000 veterans whose initial TBI examination was not conducted by one of the four designated medical specialists identified by VA that have the appropriate expertise to diagnose TBIs.  To ensure that a TBI is properly diagnosed, VA requires that one of four specialists conduct TBI examinations: (1) psychiatrist; (2) physiatrist; (3) neurosurgeon; or (4) neurologist.   Those veterans who have been identified as not receiving an adequate initial TBI examination will begin getting contacted by VA this week regarding their right to a new exam.  Affected veterans have one year within which to request the new exam.