Fred A. Humphreys, Post 8
Casa Grande, Arizona
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February 27, 2015
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My Dear Legion Family Members and Friends,
In 2014, The American Legion conducted a survey of
more than 3,000 veterans struggling with post-
traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury.
The results were shocking.
Nearly 60 percent of respondents felt no improvement
as a result of their VA treatment plans. Another 30
percent said they terminated their plans because they
did not work.
This is not effective treatment. Through countless
interactions with veterans and families who deal with
PTSD and TBI every day, The American Legion knows
that no two cases are the same. No magic pill is going
to heal these wounds. Different treatments, some of
which are not recognized by VA, have to be provided.
Not just pills.
Alternative therapies provide more than hope. They
provide real solutions for veterans and their families.
Right now, however, the dominant treatment program
is drug-based. In the next few years, 1.5 million
service members will discharge, up to a third of whom
will deal with PTSD. Our nation must prepare for them
with something more, and more effective, than another
Improved treatment for PTSD, TBI and Military
Sexual Trauma are among the key issues identified in
The American Legion’s Legislative Priorities for the
114th Congress. I testified this week before a joint
session of the House and Senate Committees on
Veterans’ Affairs, and lawmakers are in full agreement
that we all must do better on this front.
I add this issue as one category under the bigger
challenge for all of us: transition assistance. Those
who are about to leave the service and new veterans
alike report that they are poorly prepared for the
jump to civilian life. Education, training, employment
counseling, business opportunities are all among my
highest priorities for the 114th Congress. Other
concerns for veterans in transition, of course, are the
continuing backlog of VA benefits and inconsistent
ability to access VA health-care facilities.
I ask you to look over the Legislative Priorities for the
114th Congress and take time to contact your elected
representative and push for improvements. It’s the
least we can do for this generation of new veterans
who have done such a phenomenal job of keeping foreign
terror from our shores since 9/11.
For God and Country,
|Legislative Priorities for the 114th Congress
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