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Source: US Congressional Budget Office

S. 3235 would require the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to establish a two-year pilot program to study and provide posttraumatic growth therapy. Posttraumatic growth therapy helps veterans recover and experience personal growth after experiencing traumatic events such as combat. VA would be required to provide that therapy in at least two locations and to at least four groups consisting solely of female veterans. The bill also would require VA to collaborate on the program with nonprofit organizations that have expertise in posttraumatic growth therapy and experience working with veterans. The department would be required to report to the Congress on the differences between the results from care provided under the pilot program and from clinical care provided under VA’s existing practices.