Sending Office: Honorable Julia Brownley
Co-sponsor the Expanding Care for Veterans Act (H.R. 1963)
116th Cosponsors: Clarke, Dingell, Hastings, Hill, Lofgren, Napolitano, Pappas, Van Drew
Veterans of all service eras often face a number of service-connected health conditions that require continuous treatment. As many as 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans – nearly 20 percent of returning troops – are coming home with symptoms associated
with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or depression, according to a 2008 study by the RAND Corporation. Further, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), 60 percent of veterans returning from the Middle East and 50 percent of older veterans
are managing chronic pain. Repeated studies have shown that in response to this crisis, the VA increased the use of prescription medication for pain management. Tragically, the agency treated more than 66,000 veterans with opioid-use disorders in Fiscal
In order to best serve veterans seeking treatment for chronic conditions, it is imperative that the VA improves complementary and integrative medicine and mental health care options. Complementary and integrative medicine has helped many veterans manage
post-traumatic stress and symptoms associated with Traumatic Brain Injury, reduce dependence on medication for chronic pain, and improve veterans’ quality of life. My bill, the Expanding Care for Veterans Act, would:
Expand research and education on, and delivery of, complementary and integrative medicine to veterans.
Establish a program on integration of complementary and integrative medicine within the Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.
Study the barriers encountered by veterans in receiving, and administrators and clinicians in providing, complementary and integrative medicine services furnished by the VA.
Establish a program on the use of wellness programs as complementary approach to mental health care for veterans and family members of veterans.
We must ensure that veterans have access to the best mental health services and innovative and effective services and therapies like acupuncture. If you have questions or would like to co-sponsor the Expanding Care for Veterans Act, H.R. 1963, please contact
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