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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: May 11, 2021 02:34 PM
From: Representative Francis X. Ryan
To: All House members
Subject: Beseeching Congress to Pass PTSD Treatment Act for Veterans
I will be introducing a resolution beseeching Congress to pass H.R. 1656, known as the Treatment and Relief through Emerging and Accessible Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Act (TREAT PTSD Act).

The Act will provide veterans suffering from PTSD with access to a lifesaving therapy known as stellate ganglion block (SGB). SGB works by applying an injection into the bundle of nerves that send signals of fight or flight to the body. The treatment calms down feelings of stress quickly for those with PTSD and provides them with a chance to heal. The procedure has been used for nearly 100 years for pain conditions, including shingles and phantom limb pain.

The injection is administered by skilled anesthesiologists and uses an anesthetic that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Our veterans who suffer from trauma on our behalf deserve the best care that is available; and that is why I ask you to join me in supporting this resolution which will ensure that they have access to every resource available as they transition back into civilian life. 

Introduced as HR103