3:13 PM EDT

Patrick Kennedy, D-RI 1st

Mr. KENNEDY. Mr. Chairman, I rise to offer this amendment with my colleague Mr. Sestak.

This amendment, Mr. Chairman, would amend the definition of medical care under the legislation to include mental health care. Under this definition, we measure the quality of health care in our military hospitals in order to determine that we ensure that our military personnel receive the best possible quality health care in the military that they ought to be entitled to. In doing so we ought to make sure that mental health care is part of that quality review process. And as we know full well,

in the wake of this war, too many of our veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan have been suffering tremendously from wounds that may not be visible from the outside but are wounds nonetheless that are equally harmful. They are psychological wounds, Mr. Chairman. They are mental health wounds, and they are wounds, nonetheless, that need to be treated.

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That is why we need to have the best quality mental health care that our military can offer, and that is why we want to make sure that when it comes to measuring quality health care in this legislation that mental health care is also measured as a quality indicator to ensure that our military personnel receive the best quality health care that they can receive.

On behalf of Mr. Sestak and myself, I move this amendment.

3:15 PM EDT

Duncan Lee Hunter, R-CA 52nd

Mr. HUNTER. Mr. Chairman, I want to thank my friend, a former member of the committee, for his work. We support this amendment strongly.

3:15 PM EDT

Duncan Lee Hunter, R-CA 52nd

Mr. HUNTER. Mr. Chairman, I want to thank my friend, a former member of the committee, for his work. We support this amendment strongly.