Congress Considering Veterans Pain Act to Promote Research for Chronic Pain
On November 14th the Senate Veteran's Affairs Committee passed the Veterans Pain Act of 2007. This is a critical step on the way to this bill becoming law. We all owe hearty thanks to Chairman Senator Daniel Akaka from Hawaii. He, along with Senator Brown from Ohio, recognized that pain is one of the most prevalent and persistent conditions that affect men and women who have served in the military. The Iraq war is resulting in thousands of injuries which are almost universally accompanied by pain, and which can lead to a lifetime of coping with pain.
The Veterans Pain Act, S.2160, will promote improved knowledge and skills in treating pain in veterans and will promote research to solve some of the mysteries that persist in our understanding of how to effectively treat painful conditions common to the military life. Please encourage your Senators to support S. 2160, the Veterans Pain Care Act of 2007. You can easily do so by going to the TAKE ACTION NOW section of the American Pain Foundation's website, www.painfoundation.org.