AMAC is an organization that places a high priority on care for our veterans and this bill recognizes the need for alternate therapy that offers a potential breakthrough for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
February 3, 2020
The Honorable Scott Perry
10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania
1207 Longworth House Office
Building Washington, DC 20515
cc: Congressman Dan Crenshaw (TX-02), Congressman Gregory Murphy (NC-03), Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY-01)
Dear Congressman Perry:
On behalf of our over 2 million members, including many Vietnam Veterans, I write to express AMAC – Association of Mature American Citizens’ support of H.R. 5648, the Treatment and Relief through Emerging and Accessible Therapy (TREAT) for PTSD Act.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an affliction that does not discriminate. From Vietnam War-era veterans to Gulf War veterans on to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom veterans, many American heroes suffer from this debilitating disease. As a combat veteran, you know firsthand the horror of battle and the lingering effects it can have on those who have served.
Yet, only 40 percent of those diagnosed with PTSD find relief with current treatments. H.R. 5648 requests that the Veterans Affairs Department do the right thing for those who sacrificed for our country and make available stellate ganglion block, a potential breakthrough therapy for sufferers of PTSD. This therapy could help to reduce the alarming rate of 20 veteran suicides occurring each day.
AMAC is an organization that places a high priority on care for our veterans and we congratulate you and your honorable cosponsors for recognizing the need for alternate therapy for PTSD and acting to safeguard the health of America’s courageous men and women in uniform. We are proud to offer our organization’s full support for the TREAT Act.
Thank you for standing up for America’s veterans Congressman Perry, and for your service on behalf of our nation.
President, AMAC Action