The Coalition to Heal Invisible Wounds: Progress on Veterans Health Advocacy
Increasing government funding and interest in PTSD and TBI research is imperative to accelerating diagnostics and treatments for veterans and all people who suffer the effects of trauma on the brain.
The Coalition to Heal Invisible Wounds is a collaboration of members committed to solving brain health issues important to veterans, including veterans advocacy groups, non-profit research foundations, and pharmaceutical companies. Only two medications are currently approved by the FDA for the treatment of PTSD, and none have been approved in the past 15 years. Though many companies are researching new treatments, to be successful these innovators need institutional support from groups like the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).
With a shared passion for improving PTSD and TBI outcomes through advocacy, the Coalition educates Congress on the top brain health care concerns to shape how government research dollars and resources are allocated. In order to reduce the hurdles companies face when working with the VA and DoD, our Coalition is asking Congress to direct the VA and DoD to increase their research funding and support public-private partnerships.
In 2018, the Coalition’s advocacy efforts yielded many positive outcomes: