Veterans Access to Chiropractic


This is a topic near and dear to my heart.  As a Navy Corpsman, I saw first hand the impact time in service has on the human musculoskeletal system!  I’m writing this post as a call to action….Let’s help our heroes out!!

Ensure that our nation’s veterans have unimpeded access to chiropractic:

This information came to me from the Amercian Chiropractic Association

Background: With the recent U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on S. 422, the committee is poised to soon consider this legislation which directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand the number of sites where the services provided by a Doctor of Chiropractic are available.  S. 422, the Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), mirrors House legislation in calling for the VA to phase in the essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic to all major VA medical facilities over the next several years.  Why is this important?  VA data (Analysis of VA Health Care Utilization Among Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Veterans) cite “diseases of Musculoskeletal System/Connective System,” as the number one ailment of Iraq/Afghanistan veterans accessing VA treatment.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Contact your Senators via ACA’s ChiroVoice Legislative Action Center network and urge them to cosponsor S. 422.  The more cosponsors we get on S. 422, the greater the likelihood of its success.

Is your Senator currently a cosponsor?  Below are current (June 12, 2013) cosponsors of S. 422.  These Senators do not need to be contacted.

  • Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)                    Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  • Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)               Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)  Way to go Iowa!!
  • Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)                      Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)
  • Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)             Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

ACT NOW!  A couple mouse clicks of your time is all that is needed to ensure that our brave men and women who have served have the access to the services of a Doctor of Chiropractic; services they need and deserve.  Thank you! 

About Lucas Kruse, D.C.

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, I am a second generation chiropractor. The Kruse family consists of five chiropractors practicing throughout the country. I spent eight years providing medical support for Marines and Sailors as an enlisted Navy hospital corpsman (medic). I have four amazing children, Aden, Ella Dee, Remy, and Dagny. The family is constantly on the move staying active with sports, walking, golfing, and fishing. View all posts by Lucas Kruse, D.C.

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