Amata Welcomes Passage of Veterans Health Bill She Cosponsored

December 20, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed Senate final passage of a bipartisan House bill that she cosponsored, the No Hero Left Untreated Act, H.R. 1162, a Veterans health care initiative. The bill has been sent to President Trump to be signed into law, and it builds an important groundwork for more future treatment for Veterans who have suffered trauma, starting with a pilot program.

“Many of our Veterans deal with trauma in a variety of ways in their service, and effects from that can carry over into civilian life,” said Aumua Amata. “This bill establishes a pilot program for advanced trauma treatment and the assessment of these medical efforts that could lead to more treatment options in the future.”

Congresswoman Amata preparing for the Joint House-Senate Veterans Hearing with VA Secretary Robert WilkieCongresswoman Amata (left) preparing for this week’s Joint House-Senate Veterans Hearing with VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.

Specifically, the bill provides for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a one-year pilot program using access to magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy to treat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, chronic pain, or opiate addiction.

This effort will start with two VA facilities, and provide this therapy to more than 50 veterans, before assessment of the program after one year. The bill originated in the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, on which she serves, and was introduced by Rep. Stephen Knight (R-CA).