Senators Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate on October 15 of this year to improve pain care and provide increased pain research for veterans. This bill will address the connection between chronic and acute pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and provide for improved assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of chronic pain. The culture of the military can also present unique barriers to treatments for soldiers and veterans, and this bill will support the search for new ways to address these barriers.
Explore these resources to learn more:
- Veterans Pain Care Act of 2007 (S 2160) (PDF download)
- Pain Care Information for Veterans & Military
- APF Brings Together Panelists to Address Need for Improved Military and Veteran Pain Care (PDF download)
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Content by Diana E. Lee.