By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

2008 Veterans Day this year is on Tuesday, November 11th. Originally referred to as Armistice Day, Veterans Day became recognized as a US federal holiday in 1954. Being a federal holiday, nearly all government services and buildings will be closed. The US Postal Service will not deliver mail on November 11th. Delivery services such as those provided by UPS and FedEx will operate Tuesday. Most US banks are also closed on Veterans Day, and in many cases, credit unions are closed as well. Not all public schools are closed on this holiday. Check your local school districts for more information.

(photo credit – jbelluch)

I know many chiropractors that served in the US military before entering a chiropractic program. I also recall many talks from chiropractors such as James Sigafoose and Richard Santos on the importance of recognizing those who have served the nation. Chiropractors, elected officials, and military vets, have worked together in order to improve access for military veterans for chiropractic care and services. President-elect, Barack Obama, has expressed his thoughts on veteran access to chiropractic care.

It was in January of 2002 when President Bush signed legislation mandating the establishment of chiropractic benefits in the Department of Veterans Affairs health-care system. That measure had received strong bipartisan support.

In March of 2007 it was reported that a chiropractic coalition would be working together to improve access of chiropractic care for military veterans. The coalition was formed in 2002 by three national chiropractic organizations.

In May of 2007 planetchiropractic.com received notice from the International Chiropractors Association that US Representative Bob Filner’s legislative initiative to provide program wide chiropractic staffing at all US Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, H.R. 1470, had passed out of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and was now be considered by the Full House of Representatives.

In November of 2007 it was reported that California Representative Bob Filner had introduced a Chiropractors to Keep our Veterans Healthy Act, which would provide for direct access to chiropractic care for veterans, expand the list of chiropractic services available to eligible veterans, and provide veterans with a better way of making their own health care decisions.

Several Veterans Day articles were summarized in a 2007 post titled chiropractic for veterans. Visit planet chiropractic news for a list of 2008 Veterans Day parades and related activities.

So, Monday, November 10 2008, is not a federal holiday. Veterans Day 2008 (which is a federal holiday) is on Tuesday, November 11. It can be confusing (likely because of Memorial Day) but don’t get the holidays mixed up.