113th Congress 2D Session

Union Calendar No. 351

H. R. 4870

[ Report No. 113]

Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year
ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes.



JUNE 13, 2014
Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN, from the Committee on Appropriations, reported the
following bill; which was committed to the Committee of the Whole House
on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed



Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for
the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are the signature wounds of more than a decade of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2000, the military has accounted for more than 280,000 cases of traumatic brain injury and nearly 120,000 diagnoses of new post-traumatic stress disorder. Patients suffering from these conditions are often prescribed various psychotropic drugs to ease their symptoms. These drugs often have negative side effects and carry the risk of leading to dependency.

The Committee understands that the Department of Defense has studied the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as an alternative treatment for service members suffering from TBI and PTSD.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room which allows for the intake of more oxygen. The oxygen enters the bloodstream and stimulates the release of growth factors and stem cells, which, in turn, promote healing. The Committee understands that although private sector research has shown positive effects of using the therapy, the Department of Defense has decided not to pursue its use, citing that clinical trials failed to show positive results.

The Committee directs the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a review and provide a report to the congressional defense committees not later than 180 days after the enactment of this Act on the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat TBI and PTSD. The report should include a review of the clinical trials completed by the Department of Defense, an assessment of the conclusions reached by the trials, an assessment of whether the trials were appropriately administered, and a review of private sector research on the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and whether those conclusions are similar or different from the Department of Defense study.

This  language is working its way through the House and will go to the Senate.
Senators who get first crack at this language are:

Defense  SubCommittee of Senate Appropriations Committee
Chairman Richard J. Durbin
Vice Chairman Thad Cochran

Mitch McConnell Kentucky
Richard C. Shelby Alabama
Lamar Alexander Tennessee
Susan Collins Maine
Lisa Murkowski Alaska
Lindsey Graham South Carolina
Dan Coats Indiana
Roy Blunt Missouri

Patrick J. Leahy Vermont
Tom Harkin Iowa
Dianne Feinstein California
Barbara Mikulski Maryland
Patty Murray Washington
Tim Johnson South Dakota
Jack Reed Rhode Island
Mary L. Landrieu Louisiana
Mark Pryor Arkansas


Report No 113-473 is found at: https://beta.congress.gov/113/bills/hr4870/BILLS-113hr4870rh.pdf

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