Being a Vet myself, I know the problems in getting certain treatments for different things. Allowing our Vets treatments that are still being re-searched, can tend to make their lives better. This kind of bill opens the way for our Vets to get the care they need.
While this sounds like a great idea, such treatments are still undergoing clinical studies. (See https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02824445 for more information.) Why push for a pilot program for treatments still in development?
This will literally leave countless numbers of heroes untreated, or unable to access a treatment that is still in the fledgling stages of clinical trials. Put this money somewhere where it will work for more than just 50 veterans.
This bill does not provide enough support for Veterans. Steve Knight is up for reelection in 2018 and bills that support Veterans garner A LOT of favor with the electorate. Two of his top campaign donors are Insurance and Defense which stand to benefit financially from a mandatory pilot program like this. NAY.
Any treatment that shows promise should be used. I have seen the VAMC refuse to allow treatment that was effective but not provided in house simply because it wasn't provided in house not because the treatment was ineffective. This needs to stop. These people were hurt for us the least we can do is help them get the treatment they need. Many will never be free from pain but this might help.
This is still an experimental treatment, and the research abstract I read showed only modest improvements, with a patient pool of only 16. This is too small a population to show true, statistically significant benefit. As a veteran and a trauma therapist, I would vote no, and urge funds to be instead directed towards proven, effective therapies. There are not enough counselors in the VA and active duty military treatment centers to meet the needs of our service members and veterans.