H.R. 713, Provide Beneficiary Travel Funds to Veterans Seeking Specialized Treatment for Military Sexual Trauma
Representative Jackie Walorski introduced H.R. 713, a bill that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide beneficiary travel for Veterans seeking specialized outpatient or residential treatment at another VA facility for conditions related to military sexual trauma (MST).
DAV Resolution No. 138 recognizes the current VA policy on beneficiary travel is a barrier to some Veterans obtaining appropriate care and calls for changes to improve Veterans' access to specialized care for MST-related conditions.
One in four women and one in 20 men using VA health care services screen positive for MST. While all VA medical centers are required to offer screening and related treatment for MST, about a third claim that staffing shortages compromise their ability to provide such care. Travel is often necessary for Veterans to obtain the right type of specialized treatment in an environment Veterans consider safe and appropriate to discuss sensitive issues. These perceptions are often the basis for choosing a provider and/or group of their own gender or where they feel most comfortable.
Please write your Representative today to urge co-sponsorship and enactment of H.R. 713. As always, thank you for your efforts and for participating in the Commander's Action Network.