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Congressman Ruben Gallego

Representing the 7th District of Arizona

Rep. Ruben Gallego Introduces “Help Treat PTSD Among Service Members” Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act

May 17, 2016
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Rep. Ruben Gallego introduced the "Help Treat PTSD Among Service Members" Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment was agreed to by voice vote.

 

Today, I rise on behalf of the estimated one in five veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

The Department of Defense  and the Veterans Health Administration have collaborated to develop clinical practice guidelines for PTSD.

According to a GAO report earlier this year, VHA currently monitors the prescribing of medications that are included in these guidelines, but DOD and the Army do not.

This discrepancy could result in negative consequences for our warfighters undergoing treatment in military medical facilities.

My amendment would require each branch of the armed forces to monitor the prescribing practices of medications to treat symptoms of PTSD among service members. By monitoring the prescribing practices, we can make sure our returning warfighters receive the proper treatment necessary to alleviate symptoms of PTSD.

I urge my colleagues to support my amendment, and I yield back.