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Veteran Treatment Study Bill Passes Senate, Heads To House

Sen. Jim Banks authored the bill and says there is not enough information about why only half of veterans with post traumatic stress disorder seek help.

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The bill would require the Department of Health to explore the treatment options available throughout the state for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress.

Legislation approved by the Senate Tuesday would direct the state Department of Health to do a thorough examination of the treatment options provided to Hoosier veterans.

Fifty percent of returning Hoosier reserve and National Guard members show symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.  But only half of those seek treatment.

Sen. Jim Banks, R- Columbia City, says there’s not enough information about why.

“Perhaps one of the reasons that they’re not seeking treatment is because, as we’ll study hopefully because of this bill, what type of treatment is being afforded to veterans, where can we provide more access to treatment,” Banks says.

Banks says his bill would require the Department of Health to explore the treatment options available throughout the state for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress.

“Also, the treatments that are available through the federal government – through the VA – and look at where we can improve those opportunities for Hoosier veterans.”

The Department of Health would be required to complete the report by September and Banks says he hopes to produce legislation based off the report for next session.

The bill is now headed to the House.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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