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Roe Statement on H.Res. 1746

Provides world-class care for veterans and members of the Armed Forces suffering from PTSD

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Washington, December 8, 2010 | comments
WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) made the following statement on H. Res 1746:

I rise in support of H. Res. 1746, a bill to recognize and support the efforts of the Welcome Back Veterans organization to augment the services provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans' Affairs in providing timely and world-class care for veterans and members of the Armed Forces suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related psychiatric disorders.

Many of our veterans return from combat in need of assistance due to symptoms related to PTSD. Welcome Back Veterans is engaged in a public/private partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, The Department of Defense, Major League Baseball, the McCormick Foundation and University Hospitals at Weill Cornell, the University of Michigan and Stanford University to help veterans by addressing the ongoing issue of PTSD.

Nearly, Five-thousand veterans and members of the Armed Forces are already receiving help through the Welcome Back Veterans program. To date the program has raised over ten million dollars in funding to help improve the lives of our veterans and their families. Their “Center of Excellence” initiative looks to continue their commitment to veterans by creating a network of University Hospitals that specialize in assisting veterans who suffer from PTSD.

H. Res. 1746 would resolve that the House of Representatives recognizes and supports the efforts of Welcome Back Veterans, and encourages the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish innovative public-private partnerships for the treatment and research of post-traumatic stress disorder in teaching hospitals across the country.

Again, I urge my colleagues to support H. Res. 1746, and I reserve the balance of my time.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

H.Res. 1746 would resolve that the House of Representatives:

  • “Recognizes and supports the efforts of Welcome Back Veterans to augment the services provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs in providing timely and world-class care for veterans and members of the Armed Forces suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and related psychiatric disorders; and
  • “Encourages the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish innovative public-private partnerships for the treatment and research of post-traumatic stress disorder in teaching hospitals across the country.

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