Chiropractic for Veterans

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

When you’ve been managing content on your web site for nearly 10 years, you sometimes lose track of posts you have made in the past. There was a news article on Planet Chiropractic today regarding the Keep Our Veterans Healthy Act HR 1471 and I was thinking when I posted the article that a similar one had appeared on the web site previously. After searching I discovered some related articles.

There was an article posted on March 22 of 2007 related to better access for military veterans. Rep. Bob Filner of California, Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, and Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada are all mentioned in the article.

There was a March 2002 article from the World Chiropractic Alliance regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs. The article was a call to action to have chiropractors and their patients contact Senators and Representatives and ask them to contact the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs urging him to make sure chiropractic benefits are implemented without delay and as fully as possible.

In May of 2007 there was an ICA article regarding Chiropractic Care for Veterans. This article was related to the same HR 1470 post that was made today.

I found a January 2002 article featuring President Bush signing a chiropractic Veterans Bill mandating the establishment of chiropractic benefits in the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) health care system. According to the article, the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) helped champion the inclusion of the term “subluxation” to the bill, instead of it being strictly neuromuscular.

There was one more article from May of 2007 regarding the House Committee and the passing of six veterans health-care measures. The measures included HR 612, HR 2199 (for traumatic brain injury research), HR 1863, HR 67, and HR 1470 (which was again in the press today).