Chiropractic for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
By Maria DiDanieli
August 8, 2008, Arlington, VA – DCs from around the United States are participating in an International Chiropractic Association (ICA) initiative aimed at supporting America’s newest returning veterans with immediate access
to chiropractic services.
Out of a desire to serve, and to fill in a vitally important health care gap, DCs around the nation have extended a voluntary
offer of care for one full year for any U.S. military veteran returning from
overseas deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq, at no charge. The concept was developed by
Kelly, who had initiated such a program in his own personal practice, with very
positive results among veterans.
Tens of thousands of U.S. military personnel are being sent back to the United States, many to civilian life, and others
to stateside deployment. All have been subjected to exceptional strains, with a
new pattern of injury and trauma. Whatever the
situation for returning veterans, they need help and support from the community,
including the chiropractic community. The impact of war on the human body, and
soul, has been given much serious consideration over the years by chiropractic
“Right now there are literally thousands in our country that are offering an
even greater gift… their lives. Our military, our returning veterans,
whether visibly wounded or free of outward symptoms, are coming home changed,
and need our help as chiropractors,” said Dr. Kelly.
The ICA has posted an initial roster of participating DCs on the
ICA website at www.chiropractic.org
and will update this resource directory as additional doctors join the volunteer