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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) testified in front of the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health in support of his bipartisan bill, the “Marriage and Family Therapists for Veterans Act.” The bill would help San Diego veterans and their families struggling with mental health issues by making it easier for California-licensed marriage and family therapists to work in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers.

“We must get veterans access to the care they have earned and provide them and their families with the necessary tools to overcome unseen battle scars,” Rep. Peters said. “Marriage and family therapists are a key component to helping our servicemembers and veterans re-enter civilian life, particularly after time in combat zones. By eliminating excessive certification requirements, we can make it easier for VA Hospitals to fulfill the comprehensive needs of our veterans and their families.”

The Marriage and Family Therapists for Veterans Act would adjust eligibility requirements to allow the VA to consider the applications of marriage and family therapists certified by regionally accredited programs.

To watch a video of Congressman Peters’ testimony, click HERE.