Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III testifies at a congressional hearing on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Sept. 6, 2012, Washington, DC. Also in attendance were NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA/1), and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL/9). Austin stated, "We have made great strides in recent years in our efforts to better prevent, diagnose, and treat traumatic brain injuries. TBI affects a significant portion of our population, and not just within our military ranks or among professional athletes, but across society as a whole. What we do know is that with proper physical and mental rest, the vast majority of individuals who experience a TBI will fully recover. Our goal is to continue to educate folks and to pursue the kinds of partnerships, like the one we share with the NFL, that will lead to further advances sooner in the areas of research, science and technology, and treatment methods. The outcomes will benefit our servicemen and women, athletes at all levels, and the approximately 1.7 million people in the U.S. who sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury each year."