IAVA'S BIG 6
IAVA’s members have identified 6 priority issues that matter most to them.
Cannabis & Other Alternative Therapies
IAVA believes that veterans should have the same access to care as their civilian counterparts.
Veterans have passionately stated that medical cannabis has helped them tackle some of the most pressing war injuries veterans face, such as PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. As cannabis quickly becomes more culturally acceptable, IAVA believes that the VA should be allowed to study cannabis as an alternative therapy to determine its efficacy for the unique needs of veteran health care.
Other Alternative Therapies
Cannabis is not the only therapy that could be proven effective to treat unique veteran health issues, especially the invisible wounds of war. Some other alternative therapies already widely available to civilians are:
Cannabis for Vets 101
Up to Speed: Cannabis for Veterans
WHY ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES?
For years, IAVA members have sounded off in support of researching medical cannabis for use in treating the wounds of war and legalizing medical cannabis. Veterans consistently and passionately have communicated that cannabis offers effective help in tackling some of the most pressing injuries faced when returning from war. Our national policies are outdated, research is lacking, and stigma persists. In response, IAVA members have set out to change the national conversation around cannabis and underscore the need for bipartisan, data-based, common-sense solutions that can bring relief to millions, save taxpayers billions and create thousands of jobs for veterans nationwide. America is entering a new era in the cannabis debate and IAVA will be leading it to ensure that veteran needs are protected, supported and elevated.
HOW CAN MEDICAL CANNABIS HELP?
Veterans have passionately stated that medical cannabis has helped them tackle some of the most pressing war injuries veterans face such as PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. VA must conduct research into the efficacy of medical cannabis as a treatment for veterans with chronic pain, PTSD, and other conditions. Alternative therapies can bring relief to millions, save taxpayers billions, and create thousands of jobs for veterans nationwide.
WHAT DO OUR MEMBERS THINK?
In our latest member survey, over 80% of IAVA members supported legalization for medical use. Almost 90% supported researching cannabis for medicinal purposes.
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How is IAVA fighting?
IAVA is working hard with other groups and leaders to ensure that those who fought for our country are treated with the same quality of health care that is available to their civilian counterparts.
Learn about our current proposed legislation below and take action.
VA MEDICINAL CANNABIS RESEARCH ACT
IAVA is fighting hard to enact the bipartisan VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act (S. 326/ H.R. 1003) that states that the VA can conduct research into the efficacy of medical cannabis as a treatment for veterans with chronic pain, PTSD, and other conditions.
The policies that exclude this therapy are outdated, research is lacking, and stigma persists. IAVA has set out to change that and launch a national conversation underscoring the need for bipartisan, data-based solutions that can bring relief to millions.
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Are you frustrated with the treatment options available at the VA?
You are not alone! There are alternatives.
QRF Is Here for You
Need help navigating the VA or are you seeking therapies not available at the VA? IAVA’s QRF is here to help.
Quick Reaction Force
QRF provides free, confidential, 24/7 peer support, remote care management and connections to quality resources for all veterans and family members.
More about Alternative Therapies
There are other therapies to which veterans in need do not have access through VA. Therapies available to civilians, but not to veterans, include access to therapy/service dogs, equine therapy, agri therapy, and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy.
We must ensure that those who served receive the same access to care as their civilian counterparts. It’s past time that comprehensive action is taken to address the long term health of veterans who served after 9/11.
IAVA's Policy Priorities
Select a topic from the list below to learn about IAVA’s advocacy priorities.