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APTA Submits Statement on Act to Improve PT Services for Veterans

Published October 5, 2009 12:44 PM by Brian Ferrie

On Oct. 1, the APTA submitted a Statement for the Record to the Committee on Veteran Affairs, noted Volume 10, Issue 39 of PT Bulletin Online. This committee held a hearing on HR 1036, the Veterans Physical Therapy Services Improvement Act, introduced by Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD). The bill will take the Physical Therapy Qualification Standards instituted in February by Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki and make them law, as well as create a Director of Physical Therapy Services and fellowship programs for physical therapists within the VA in four specialized areas of practice (geriatrics, amputee rehabilitation, polytrauma and rehabilitation research).

"The need for high quality rehabilitation provided by physical therapists has never been greater with the dual challenges of caring for the chronic diseases faced by aging veterans and the multifaceted profile of many of today's wounded warriors," stated APTA.

What is your opinion about this proposed legislation?

posted by Brian Ferrie


When I took my first McKenzie course, ages ago, it was taught by a PT who worked in the military. It was very clear at that time that there are 2 separate worlds of PT: the public sector and the government sector. PTs have had direct access in the military for a long time. Why this division? It really surprised me when I came to the UK a month ago and discovered that there is no division between military and public PT in the UK.

Dean Metz October 6, 2009 5:23 AM

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