GROTON — Community Chiropractic is showing its support by offering one year of free chiropractic care for up to 10 veterans.
“We decided to do this because we read articles about really how challenging it is for a lot of these young kids coming out of the Iraq and Afghanistan War and we wanted to be able to support them,” said Dr. Pamela Jarboe. “We’ve taken care of some vets in the past and what we’ve noticed is that they have some unique challenges. They have a rough road ahead of them and there’s not a lot of support available.”
Doctors Pamela and Stephen Jarboe first moved to town from Atlanta six years ago and have since served local heroes in the community.
Last year they offered one year of free chiropractic care to members of the local fire department. This year they decided to lend support to yet another group that has risked their lives for the benefit of others.
“It just seems like it’s a never-ending problem and that veterans don’t have the amount of support they need, and with the economy being so hard, it just seems important to offer care,” said Dr. Jarboe.
In the past, Community Chiropractic, located at 300 Main St. in Groton, has provided chiropractic care to soldiers who found that it helped to alleviate a variety of pains, said Jarboe.
“It’s just been a really positive experience for the people who have had care in our office previously,” agreed Julie Pampinella of Community Chiropractic.
Each health plan is crafted to what the veteran’s unique history and examination reveal.
According to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, back pain is the single most common medical issue reported by veterans of recent conflicts. Unfortunately, Dr. Jarboe pointed out that most of veteran medical care does not cover chiropractic or medical benefits.
She said, “We just want them to be able to have the service that other people are able to have through their medical insurance. That’s why we created a program where they can have free care for a year in our office.”
Of the 10 spots available, only one has been taken.
There are a lot of benefits to chiropractic care such as more range in motion, less pain and better sleep at night. Chiropractic care can help to enhance the overall quality of life. Community Chiropractic believes that the most recent veterans are certainly deserving of that care.
“I hope that they are honored,” wished the doctor. “That is our intention, to honor their extreme sacrifice. This is a small sacrifice that our tiny little practice can give back for the amazing things that they’ve done… It’s not out of charity or pity, it’s out of honor.”