WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Reps. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) and Elaine Luria (D-Va.) led a letter to conferees for the annual defense bill, requesting the inclusion of their bipartisan measure to research and treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for veterans.
The United States-Israel PTSD Collaborative Research Act would leverage research and assets from both the U.S. and Israel for the research, diagnosis and treatment of PTSD. The legislation also creates a grant program for universities and private non-profits to research PTSD.
Language from the bill was initially included in the U.S. House of Representatives’ version of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The final conference report is still being negotiated.
“Israel, under constant attack from terrorist groups, has experienced similar issues with their veterans and civilian populations facing the symptoms of PTSD. Several leading Israeli hospitals, universities and non-profits have dedicated their efforts to researching and treating PTSD,” the letter reads. “A better understanding of this disorder, along with treatment options, can help us better recognize, diagnose and treat those suffering from traumatic incidents.”
Waltz and Luria’s bill currently has 98 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House.