The demonstration project was outlined in the 1995 fiscal year National Defense Authorization Act, and derived from a senate committee report that asserted the DOD was not moving forward to commission chiropractors in the military, nor complying with the senate committee's recommendations to undertake a chiropractic demonstration project.
The senate committee reported:
"The committee intends that the Department (DOD) conduct a demonstration that will make chiropractic health care available to military beneficiaries and will provide an opportunity to evaluate the benefit of chiropractic care to the military health care system. The results of this demonstration should provide a basis for determining the future of chiropractic care in the military health care system."
Throughout the development of this program, the chiropractic profession has been represented by a five-member oversight committee (please see "Military Moves on Chiropractic Demonstration Project" in the December 2, 1994 issue). The committee members are representatives of a wide range of significant organizations within the chiropractic profession:
Ronald C. Evans, DC, FACO, FICC -- Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research
Peter Ferguson, DC -- Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards
George Goodman, DC, FICC -- Association of Chiropractic Colleges
Rick McMichael, DC -- Congress of Chiropractic State Associations
Reed Phillips, DC, DACBR, PhD -- Council on Chiropractic Education
Chiropractors interested in participating in this historic and important demonstration project will need to apply to the branch of the military governing the particular hospital. The specifics on applying will be published in the Commerce Business Daily, but when that will be has not been announced. No other application information was available at press time, but is expected soon. Be watching in future issues of "DC" for information on how to be one of the first chiropractors to adjust patients in a military hospital.
Martin Army Hospital
Evans Army Community Hospital
Colorado Springs, CO
Moncrief Army Hospital
Reynolds Army Hospital
Camp Pendelton, CA
Jacksonville Naval Base
Cherry Point, NC
375th Med Group
Scott Air Force Base
60th Med Group
Travis Air Force Base
55th Med Group
Offutt Air Force Base