Chiropractors in the Military?

Resolution to commission DCs introduced in Senate

 A concurrent resolution in support of commissioning doctors of chiropractic as officers in the Armed Forces has been introduced into the Senate.  U.S. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 75 that requests the Secretary of Defense to take immediate steps to establish a career path for doctors of chiropractic. The resolution is the Senate companion to House Concurrent Resolution 294, which was introduced in February.

The military commissioning of doctors of chiropractic would:

 

  • Expand the availability of chiropractic services to all realms of military operations and activities, thus providing needed care to active duty personnel;
  • Increase the cost effectiveness of military healthcare expenditures by making optimal use of the conservative, drugless and non-surgical care chiropractic offers;  
  • Enhance the combat readiness of skilled personnel by offering a non-pharmaceutical option to care for their health;

Doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic patients and other interested parties are strongly encouraged to contact their senators to help support this action.  It is about time military personnel were given access to chiropractic care and that chiropractors who want a career path that includes service in the military were given options other than standard military routes.

 

Dr. Brett L. Kinsler is a chiropractor practicing in Rochester, New York.  His website is www.RochesterChiro.com

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2 Comments

  1. cmnacnud said,

    April 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    There is a great site dedicated to informing the public regarding this topic. It also provides ways that you can help to promote the cause. http://www.commissionchiropractors.com

    These 2 resolutions are great, but unfortunately even if they do pass they won’t have the force of law. What we really need is a president who will instruct the DoD to act upon the ability they have been given over a decade ago. Try contacting the presidential candidates they are all senators and should respond to their constituents. Right now none of them have committed to doing anything about the situation. Obama came the closest by promising to look into it. This is not a republican or democrat issue. It is an about getting our troops the care that they need where and when they need it. I posted some similar info on my blog if you’d like to take a look http://chirotalk.wordpress.com/2008/04/16/commission-chiropractors-in-the-us-military/

    Please help our troops. Thanks for your post.

  2. April 26, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks for providing additional information on this topic. I agree, the resolution is a positive step but far from enough!


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