APTA proudly supports initiatives to provide physical therapy services to our nation’s armed services and veterans. Please continue to check this webpage for updates on legislation and initiatives to support our military.
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More than 1,000 physical therapists are employed by the Veterans Health Administration providing rehabilitation services to our nation's veteran population. The need for physical therapist services is expected to increase with the aging of the veteran population and due to the complex impairments associated with the returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. APTA supports measures that aim to help meet this growing need for physical therapist services. Use the resources below to learn more about this legislation and physical therapists in the VA.
Department of Defense
The Army Medical Specialist Corps was established in 1947 and is comprised of Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Dietitians, and Physician Assistants. Throughout its 60 year history Army Medical Specialist Corps (AMSC/SP) Officers have demonstrated excellence in Soldier health care, clinical management, and executive leadership. Use the resources below to learn more about this legislation and physical therapists in the AMSC.
Issue Brief: Traumatic Brain Injury (.pdf)
Letter of Support for the Rehabilitative Therapy Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act (HR 1705) (.pdf) - May 28, 2013