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Bilirakis Recognizes National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month

June 29, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In honor of National Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) Awareness Month, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) took to the U.S. House floor to break the stigma surrounding PTS. Bilirakis, who serves as Vice Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Committee, had his legislation signed into law to help increase access to a range of options for VA mental health care like service dog therapy, sports therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and more.

Please see below for Bilirakis’ full remarks.

“I rise today to recognize the month of June as National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month. 

Millions of our nation’s heroes experience Post-Traumatic Stress upon returning home from their service. 

Invisible wounds, like PTS, are just as important and worthy of treatment as physical injuries.

Seeking help for PTS is not a sign of weakness or defeat, but a show of strength and commitment to a full and healthy life.

Treating PTS is not a “one-size-fits-all” process, either. Our Veterans need options to find the treatment that works best for their unique needs.

That’s why I’m proud my legislation, the COVER Act, has been signed into law and will help increase access to evidence-based alternative therapies at the VA.

For National PTS Awareness Month, I stand committed to serving our nation’s heroes and improving their treatment options.”