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  • APTA Partners With VA to Raise Vets' Awareness of Physical Therapy, Create Practice Opportunities for PTs and PTAs

    The link between the physical therapy profession and services to military veterans has always been strong, but recently the relationship received a boost in the form of an official partnership between APTA and US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to promote and enhance the health of the nation's veterans.

    On December 28, VA and APTA announced a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that "coordinates the strengths of both organizations to benefit all Veterans and their families, physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants by helping to raise awareness of physical therapy and create new employment and practice opportunities," according to a VA news release.

    APTA and VA will combine efforts in multiple areas including suicide prevention, promotion of nonpharmacological approaches to pain treatment, and greater physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) participation in VA sports programs and special events.

    "APTA finds its roots in the military, and we are thrilled to be partnering with VA to give back to America's veterans and ensure that they are receiving the physical therapy care they need," APTA CEO Justin Moore, PT, DPT stated in an APTA news release. "I am confident this agreement will lead to even better health care, results, and, ultimately, improved quality of life for them."

    APTA predicts the collaboration will have "local and national impact" and describes the partnership as a good fit with the association’s mission to build a community that advances the physical therapy profession to improve the health of society.

    “Physical therapy is an important resource for improving Veterans’ health and well-being,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie in the VA news release. “This new agreement allows both organizations to develop additional best practices in treatment of Veterans in both the federal and private sector. We look forward to the positive outcomes of this partnership.”

    Comments

    • Will they be given education regarding how PTs can solve many pelvic health and vestibular disorders?I have come across too many VA patients that were referred to us for other problems who had no idea PT could help with their dizziness. The same goes for pelvic health: pain, incontinence, frequency of urination...

      Posted by Mary Nalls on 1/6/2019 11:04 AM

    • Will there be any new opportunities formed regarding VA loan forgiveness programs for students who, say, commit to work for the VA for a certain number of years upon graduation?

      Posted by Mike on 1/9/2019 5:43 PM

    • I have just received this email. I am a student of PT now and would love the opportunity to help in anyway possible for this!

      Posted by Ryan Kasper on 1/9/2019 7:14 PM

    • Excellent news! I was lucky enough to receive a VA Scholarship the last year they were awarded. Reinstating the PT school VA Scholarship program would be a great next step. One year of education in your PT program with agreement to work at a VA for at least two years. Loved my time at SF VAMC!

      Posted by Mary Anne Kramer-Urner on 1/10/2019 8:48 AM

    • Bass Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, Inc. in Dublin, GA. We have a huge VA near us in Dublin. How can i go about interfacing with our VA about this? thanks

      Posted by Randy Jackson on 1/10/2019 10:09 AM

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