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Fighting a War for Our Veterans

January 18, 2013

800px-Jointcolors[originally published in KCN, March 2002]

Dear Valued Veterans,

Just wanted to let you know that in addition to the standard medical services that we have offered you in the past, you now have direct access to chiropractic care — no referral needed.  Our medical facilities will soon be staffed by  doctors of chiropractic standing ready to serve your health care needs.  We sincerely hope you will take advantage of this exciting new benefit.  You deserve it.

Your friends at the VA.

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Chiropractors in the Military?…hold your salute for now.

January 15, 2010

[originally published in KCN, March 2001]

“The Department of Defense is on record [regarding the commissioning of Doctors of Chiropractic in the Armed Forces to provide chiropractic care] as opposing such action….  To employ chiropractors, who have a limited and narrowly focused  scope of practice, is believed to be a manpower and financial expenditure that would be of little benefit to the beneficiaries of the military health care system.”  Besides, as the statement points out, “The treatment of musculoskeletal ailments…is currently well covered by physicians and physical therapists.”

So goes a statement that’s all too common to the ears of our profession — this one was issued in 1991 by the then Secretary of Defense, Richard Cheney’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, Edward Martin, M.D.

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