In 2008 A bill has been passed in Congress that called for the increase in the recruitment of physical therapists to help fulfill the physiotherapy needs of veterans who are getting on in years as well as of those younger ones with complex injuries.
When soldiers come home with bits of themselves missing or broken, they need all the help they can get in getting back on their feet. They come from war zones with serious injuries – losing limbs, losing brain function, losing eyesight or hearing, or becoming afflicted with the symptoms and complications of Gulf War Syndrome or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – all of which either impair how they move, how they communicate, and /or how they perform their daily tasks.
Aging veterans on the other hand, are bound to experience an increase in health problems and other effects of aging, diminished senses and musculature decreasing in strength and movement.
The Injured soldiers and aging vets mentioned above create an increasing demand for a wide range of physical therapy services.
Physical therapy can check for and go about their daily lives. PT’s in establishments like In Motion find ways and solutions for their patients to function well through and despite of their age, their injuries, or disabilities. They promote movement, restore function, and prevent further injury and disability, and keep vets active and healthy.
Aging veterans should also have access to hormone therapy — whether it traditional or bio-identical hormone therapy from placs like Dallas Healthy Aging– as they get on in years. Getting old is hard enough and complicated enough, healthwise, without adding hormonal imbalance into the mix.
Although traditional hormone therapy is covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs health care, alternative treatments for menopause-related symptoms are not. Hopefully Congress’s next move would be to take up H.R.383.IH again, which is Menopausal Hormone Replacement Therapies and Alternative Treatments and Fairness Act of 2011. It was first sponsored by Representative Barbara Lee of California and was referred to the Subcommittee on Health is currently still gathering dust.
The men and women who have served the country in uniform ought to get the best care possible, and extended every kind of help, to keep them healthy, and happy and comfortable. It’s the least our country can do for them.