One of the AANP’s major public policy goals is to convince the VA to hire licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) so they can begin treating veterans at VA facilities. Licensed NDs are rigorously trained in natural, non-toxic, and non-addictive treatments that can serve as an excellent alternative to prescription drugs. Such medications often have numerous side effects – as opioids do, for example, in the treatment of chronic pain.
Veterans themselves assert they would prefer a doctor who prescribes natural therapies before considering drugs or surgery. Furthermore, veterans state they would be very interested in seeing a naturopathic doctor if one were on staff at a nearby VA facility.
This webpage offers insights and resources aimed at enabling licensed NDs to be credentialed in the VA.