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2016 Slumberland “Making a Difference” Award: Invisible Wounds

Slumberland logoThe National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Upper Midwest Chapter is proud to recognize excellence in video production and storytelling.  Our corporate partner, Slumberland, is all about making lives better.  To honor the spirit of both organizations, we present the Slumberland “Making a Difference” Award.  

logo_4-colorTelevision & video has the power with one story to change one life.  That’s why many of us got into the industry.  This award honors the measurable changing of someone’s life or lives in our communities with one piece of video storytelling.  Nominations are accepted from the performing, creative, technical or administrative roles within the industry. Neither nominators nor nominees need to be members of NATAS.  This is a very special plaque award recipients will receive at the 2016 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Gala at the Radisson Blu Hotel at the Mall of America in Blooming, MN on October 29th, 2016.

2016 Slumberland “Making A Difference” Award Recipient

KARE 11 Investigates: Invisible Wounds

Unqualified doctors. Inadequate tests. Thousands of veterans improperly denied benefits and access to promised medical care.

Those are some of the findings of a yearlong KARE 11 investigation into how the Department of Veterans Affairs has been handling Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) evaluations.

KARE-TVIn the wake of KARE 11’s landmark investigation, the VA recently announced that it will be offering new TBI exams to nearly 25,000 veterans nationwide.

TBI’s are often called the signature wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Department of Veterans Affairs policy states that the initial diagnosis of TBI’s must be made by one of four specialists, including neurosurgeons and neurologists.

In spite of that policy, records obtained by KARE 11 through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) showed that from 2010 through 2014, only one of the 21 medical professionals who conducted initial TBI exams at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center was a qualified specialist.

After KARE 11 expanded its FOIA requests to include all VA facilities nationwide, the agency eventually acknowledged a “systemic national problem” impacting veterans nationwide.

KARE 11’s initial reports prompted calls from Congress for a federal investigation. As a result, the VA launched an internal nationwide review and the Office of Inspector General opened a still on-going official investigation.