Support Veterans with Chronic Pain: Call Your Congressman

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • Thanks to advanced medical technology, better body armor and rapid evacuation, fewer of our soldiers are dying from their injuries than ever before.  Of course, we’re extremely grateful that lives are being saved.  However, the flip side of the coin is that more veterans now have to live with chronic pain. 

    To focus attention on pain management and research for veterans, Senators Daniel Akaka and Sherrod Brown introduced the Veterans Pain Care Policy Act of 2007 (S2160) on October 15.  The bill would require the Veteran’s Administration to establish a comprehensive pain management program for veterans. 

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    The Veterans Pain Care Policy Act has now been revised and is supported by Senator Burr, Ranking Minority Member of the Veterans Committee.  The content of the legislation has been incorporated into the Veterans Mental Health Improvement Act of 2007 (S2162).  This combined legislation is expected to be considered by the full Senate later this week. 

    You Can Help

    Senators do listen to their constituency, so you really can make a difference and help get this bill passed.  The American Pain Foundation has made it easy for you.  Just click here to send a letter to your Senators.  You don’t have to compose the letter or even know who your Senators are.  All you have to do is fill in your contact information.  A letter with the essential information is provided.  You have the option of adding a personal message if you would like to. 

    It only takes two or three minutes but it could make a big difference in the lives of our veterans.  I just sent my letter.  I’d like to challenge you to do the same.

    Contact your Senator.

Published On: May 07, 2008