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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Praises Passage of the COVER Act

July 22, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Gus Bilirakis, Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today lauded passage of H.R. 2256, the Veterans Information Modernization Act. This legislation included a provision based on legislation introduced by Congressman Bilirakis, titled the Creating Options for Veterans’ Expedited Recovery (COVER) Act. Bilirakis’ bipartisan provision will establish a commission to examine VA’s current therapy model and the potential benefits in incorporating complementary, alternative therapies. This bill passed by a vote of 408 – 0.

“While it is vital that Veterans receive the care they need, it is equally important to recognize that one size does not fit all when discussing treatments for Veterans. The invisible wounds they sustain serving our country are just as serious as the physical ones. Many Veterans may thrive under traditional plans and medical care, but some may not be as responsive. We need to provide Veterans with choices, and easy access to alternative forms of therapies that work best for them,” said Bilirakis.

“My bill provides a pathway forward that will eventually allow Veterans to have a range of options for mental health treatments such as outdoor sports therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, accelerated resolution therapy, and service dog therapy.”

You can view the Congressman’s remarks about the COVER Act here.