Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) reintroduced a bill on Thursday that would help veterans recover from post-traumatic stress (PTS), traumatic brain injury (TBI), military sexual trauma (MST), chronic pain, and opiate addiction.
The No Hero Left Untreated Act would establish a pilot program within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on a promising neurological treatment option for mental trauma called magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy. This is an individualized non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive neuromodulation procedure that applies magnetic stimulation to restore proper brain function. To date, open label trials and placebo-controlled, double-blind studies indicate that over 400 veterans have reported a marked improvement in symptoms associated with PTS, TBI, MST, chronic pain, and opiate addiction.
“Our veterans risked everything to protect our country and our values, and we owe them a tremendous debt,” said Rep. Knight. “I am proud to continue our effort to provide the best treatment options for our veterans.”
The measure was initially introduced by Rep. Knight last year in the 114th Congress and passed the House of Representatives with unanimous, bipartisan support in November. Thursday’s reintroduction is necessary for the bill to pass the 115th Congress and receive a Presidential signature. It has 50 original cosponsors and it is supported by a broad coalition of Veterans Service Organizations, to include American Legion, AMVETS, and the Association of the United States Navy. The measure currently awaits committee assignment.
“The No Hero Left Untreated Act would support and expand on promising technology to bring relief to our heroes, which is why it received widespread support last Congress,” continued Knight. “I look forward to building on that momentum and working with my colleagues to ensure that we get our service men and women the treatment they deserve.”