New bill to launch mental health treatment program for veterans

Two senators introduced legislation that seeks to provide cutting-edge medical treatment for veterans struggling with mental health issues. The No Heroes Left Untreated Act will open up treatment options to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The Senate legislation aims to establish pilot programs at two Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities. Around 50 former service members will be enrolled in yearlong Magnetic EEG/ECG-Guided Resonance Therapy. The noninvasive procedure assists in restoring normal brain function through the use of magnetic stimulation.

More than 400 veterans said they experienced a noticeable change in symptoms related to PTSD, TBI, chronic pain, opiate addiction and sexual trauma. While 61 percent of clinical trial participants reported dramatic improvements, 91 percent noted at least some improvements in their condition.

“Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy technology has significant potential to successfully treat these conditions, and establishing a pilot program with the Department of Veterans Affairs [that] will allow our veterans to benefit from this new medical advancement,” said Senator Gary Peters (D-MI).

Peters introduced the No Heroes Left Untreated Act along with Senator David Perdue (R-GA) as companion legislation to Congressman Steve Knight’s bill, which was passed in the House of Representatives. Organizations like Veterans Advantage, Blue Star Families and Vietnam Veterans of America have expressed their support for the No Heroes Left Untreated Act.