Zentís legislation extending veterans pilot program advances to the governor

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, March 15, 2018

STATEHOUSE (March 15, 2018) —State Rep. Denny Zent’s (R-Angola) bill extending the Veterans Recovery Pilot Program to provide treatment to veterans with brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder could soon be law.

Zent said this legislation would provide diagnostic testing and hyperbaric oxygen treatment to veterans who are not responding to traditional therapy. Currently, the pilot program allows one provider to receive a grant to administer diagnostic testing and hyperbaric oxygen treatment. With this legislation, however, multiple providers would be able to receive grants to administer this treatment.

“This pilot program would provide treatment for the growing number of traumatic brain injuries and PTSD suffered by our veterans,” Zent said. “The increased amount of providers will allow our veterans to seek immediate treatment without leaving their families to receive similar treatment in another state.”

Zent said by expanding the program to the year 2020, it would give more veterans the options to receive the specialized treatment they deserve.

“We are hopeful that the pilot program is successful and this new form of treatment will provide a better quality of life for our veterans,” Zent said. “The results of the program would benefit our veterans as well as anyone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury.”

For more information on Senate Enrolled Act 96, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51, which

includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.

A high-resolution photo of Zent can be downloaded by clicking here.