Featured Stories | Pain and the Military
Many of America's Heroes Are Battling a Persistent "Enemy": Unrelieved Chronic Pain
Advances in battlefield medicine are helping to save the lives of servicemen and servicewomen who might otherwise have died as the result of traumatic injuries. However, once they are out of immediate danger, they often face prolonged periods of recovery and rehabilitation marked by frustration and pain.
One major concern is the long-term care and well-being of servicemen and servicewomen who are returning to the U.S. with amputations and other blast-related injuries, according to the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA), a non-profit organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences.
The Military and Veterans Pain Care Acts Signed Into Law
Fortunately an alliance of patient advocacy organizations have banded together to improve the care of returning servicemen and servicewomen. Two major pain care bills—the Veterans Pain Care Policy Act and the Military Pain Care Policy Act of 2008—were recently signed into law. They call for critical pain care policy improvements for military personnel and veterans.
Pain Management Resources
- Pain Management and the Amputee (Amputee Coalition of America Fact Sheet)
- Military In-Step Resource Guide (Amputee Coalition of America)