US Military to Get Chiropractic
An Associated Press story of Nov. 26, 2000, reports on
legislation passed by the US Congress that mandates that chiropractic care
be made available to all active-duty personnel in the United States armed
forces. Prior to the bill
passage personnel in the military had to pay for chiropractic services out
of their own pockets. When this bill is implemented, military
personnel will be able to receive chiropractic care just as they do the
medical care they receive without any out of pocket expense.
Pvt. Robert Zemla, who started having back pains from a
car accident and decided to go to a chiropractor, is one soldier excited
about the news. "All the military doctors do is give you
painkillers and tell you to take (physical therapy) at your own
pace," the 27-year-old private stated. "I wanted to feel
some real relief."
The program will be phased in over a 5 year period. How it
will exactly work depends on the US Department of Defense
implementation plan, yet to be released.