Revolutionizing Rural Veteran Care with Chiropractic Residencies in the Veterans Administration Posted on Sep 06, 2023


image of veteran on our chiropractic CE blog postCCEDseminars | Thank You For Visiting Our Blog!Chiropractic care is making waves within the Veterans Administration, particularly in the realm of rural healthcare. Gone are the days when Veterans had to travel long distances for specialized care; today, chiropractic residencies at locations like the Fort Dodge Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Iowa are making a meaningful impact.

The Plight of Rural Veterans

Air Force Veteran Marty Alne, who once had to drive over two hours to reach the Des Moines VA for treatment, is a perfect example of the healthcare challenges faced by rural Veterans. Now, thanks to the pioneering efforts of chiropractors and chiropractic residents at Fort Dodge CBOC, Marty and others like him have quality healthcare much closer to home.

The Game-Changing Role of Chiropractic Residencies

The Veterans Administration has introduced 10 integrated clinical practice chiropractic residencies across the United States, aimed at providing more inter-professional care for rural Veterans. Nathan Hinkeldey, Director of the Des Moines VA Chiropractic Residency Program, emphasizes the critical role of these residencies in treating musculoskeletal pain, one of the most common issues among Veterans.

The Efficiency of Direct Access

“Access to care in rural areas is low. Direct access to chiropractors and physical therapists makes the healthcare system more efficient,” says Hinkeldey. The Des Moines VA has both chiropractors and physical therapists working together at Fort Dodge CBOC, streamlining the process and delivering quicker, more effective care.

Beyond Traditional Chiropractic Care

Veteran care in these residency programs isn't limited to just spinal adjustments. "We work hand in hand with primary care doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and neurologists," states Ian Le, a chiropractic resident. Indeed, the programs offer holistic treatment approaches that also address neuromusculoskeletal issues, including peripheral neuropathies.

The Future Outlook

According to experts like Hinkeldey, the VA is setting the bar high for chiropractic training and care. These residency programs serve as a blueprint for what can be achieved in interprofessional, community-based healthcare settings.

Veteran Testimonials

“It’s a special kind of person that works at VA. It means a lot to us that they give us that care,” affirms Marty Alne, highlighting the quality and dedication of VA healthcare professionals.


The Veterans Administration is indeed revolutionizing rural healthcare for Veterans, setting new standards in inter-professional education and practice. These chiropractic residencies are much more than a treatment option; they represent a paradigm shift in healthcare delivery for Veterans residing in rural areas.

The Veterans Administration, through its partnerships with over 1,400 educational institutions coordinated by VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations, continues to invest in training future health professionals, thus ensuring that the best quality of care reaches those who have served our country.

For more information on Chiropractic in the Veterans Administration, consider attending educational seminars by CCEDseminars to stay updated on the latest best practices and research.

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