Denham: ‘This is for the 22’

The following was provided in a news release this week from Rep. Jeff Denham, R- Turlock, regarding providing more mental health treatment options for veterans:

U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, joined colleagues in the House of Representatives this week in introducing H.R. 5600, the No Hero Left Untreated Act, which would establish a pilot program within the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer Magnetic EEG/EKG-guided Resonance Therapy (MeRT) to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, chronic pain and opiate addiction. H.R. 5600, led by California Rep. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, has bipartisan backing in the House and widespread support among the veteran community, including an endorsement from the United States Special Operations Command. “22 veterans commit suicide every day, having returned from war only to face another battle,” said Denham. “These vets laid their lives on the line to protect our own. We need to be doing everything in our power to prevent any more casualties of the invisible battle and this bill takes a critical step to provide potentially life-saving services to the brave men and women who have served our country. This is for the 22.” The No Hero Left Untreated Act mandates the Secretary of the VA to establish pilot programs in up to five locations across the country to utilize MeRT. The bill also expands the Veterans Choice Program to include MeRT. MeRT was developed by and is currently used at the Brain Treatment Center in Santa Ana, California. To date, MeRT has been used to treat over 400 veterans with an average of 61 percent seeing a reduction in symptom severity and an overall 98 percent positive response for PTSD/TBI patients.

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