President Bush signed Public Law 107-135 in 2002, which made chiropractic care a permanent benefit for Veterans. This led to chiropractic care being added to over 30 VA Medical Centers throughout the country. However, 120 VA Medical Centers still do not provide chiropractic care, and the VA benefit does not extend to treatment received at the office of an independent chiropractic physician. In fact, many veterans are unaware that they do have access to chiropractic care, and are unaware of the benefits that chiropractic care can provide them.
A group of chiropractic physicians have decided to take it upon themselves to help these veterans obtain the care they need, and founded the Patriot Project. These doctors are making a commitment to treat a veteran, free of charge, at least once per week. Among them is Dr. Michael C. Lyons of Advanced Chiropractic and Rehab, with offices in Boardman and Hubbard, Ohio.
“It's my pleasure to help these veterans. When they get back from active duty, often times they have serious musculoskeletal problems that cause them a lot of undue aches and pains. As chiropractors, it's the least we can do to help them get back to optimum health as a thank you for their service to our country. Part of the goal of the Patriot Project is to have a chiropractic department in every VA clinic, and make full benefits available to all Active duty military, retirees, and veterans. They are entitled to it by law,and to be honest, they really need it” stated Dr. Lyons. “Additionally, we'd like to educate the VA that their clinics could actually reduce operating costs by providing chiropractic services to veterans due to reduced surgeries, hospital admissions, and pharmaceuticals.”
For more information on the Patriot Project, please visit http://www.patriot-
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