A bill by Representative Steve Knight, CA-25, that would help veterans recover from post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, chronic pain and opiate addiction passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
HR 5600, the No Hero Left Untreated Act, would establish a pilot program with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) based on a promising new neurological treatment for mental trauma. Magnetic eResonance therapy is used to treat PTS, TBI, MST, chronic pain, and opiate addiction pioneered by an interdisciplinary clinic based in Southern California called the Brain Treatment Center. Knight’s bill would require the Secretary of the VA to establish one-year pilot programs to utilize this therapy at two VA Medical Centers and report back to the Veterans Affairs Committee on the pilot program’s results.
“Too many of our nation’s veterans continue to suffer from the invisible wounds of war. We can honor those who have served by making the right investments in innovative and proven medical treatments like magnetic eResonance therapy,” said Paul W. (Buddy) Bucha, a Vietnam War Veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. “I am grateful to Congressman Knight’s leadership, as the No Hero Left Untreated Act is exactly what our nation’s veteran’s need and deserve.”
Since Rep. Knight introduced the measure in June it has received considerable bipartisan support, including over thirty co-sponsors and endorsements from American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, and Blue Star Families.
“Our veterans risked everything to protect our country and our values, and we owe them a tremendous debt,” said Rep. Knight. “Today the House took a huge step toward expanding on a promising technology that could bring relief to our heroes, and I am proud to be part of the effort.”
The No Hero Left Untreated Act passed the House floor with bipartisan, unanimous support. The bill now awaits introduction in the Senate.