From: The Honorable Elizabeth H. Esty
Sent By:
Date: 2/29/2016

Last Call: Support VA Medical and Prosthetic Research

Deadline: 10am on Monday, February 29


Dear Colleague,

Please join us in sending a letter to the Subcommittee on Military, Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies requesting full funding for VA Medical and Prosthetic Research. The research being conducted at the VA is crucial to our understanding of the conditions that commonly afflict our servicemembers and veterans and developing the most effective treatments. We ask a lot of the men and women that serve our country in uniform, let’s see to it that we have a full understsanding of the mental and physical demands of their service as well as access to the proven, highest quality of care.

To join the letter or request futher information, please contact Michael Carlo in Rep. Esty’s office at or 5-4476.



Elizabeth H. Esty                        Alcee L. Hastings                   Bonnie Watson Coleman

Member of Congress                   Member of Congress               Member of Congress



Dear Chairman Dent and Ranking Member Bishop:

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the health and well-being of our nation’s veterans. Congress has long understood the relationship between robust research into the health care needs of our veterans and improved outcomes in treatment and care. For this reason, we respectfully request that the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2017 fully fund the President’s budget request of $663 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Prosthetic Research appropriation.

As part of the largest integrated health care system in the United States, the VA is in prime position to study the causes and most effective treatments of the conditions that most commonly afflict our servicemembers and veterans. Currently, VA researchers are studying treatments for some of the most devastating mental and physical health issues affecting veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), traumatic amputation, sensory dysfunction and loss, polytrauma, and suicide. The VA is assessing the impact of military sexual trauma (MST) on both men and women veterans, researching substance-use disorders, and measuring the impact of the ongoing Program of Comprehensive Assistance for VA Family Caregivers on the health of both veterans and their caregivers.

VA’s research also focuses on continuing care across a veteran’s entire life span, studying causes and treatments of various cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), chronic pain, and Gulf War illnesses. The VA also recognizes the growing percentage of women that make up our armed forces and veteran population and is developing research on women’s health during and after deployment as well as studying potential gender disparities in VA care.

Veterans also have the option of participating in VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP), funded by the VA research appropriation, which aims to better understand the relationship between genes, environment, and health. With MVP being the largest genetic cohort in North America, there is enormous potential to make significant progress on countless mental and physical health conditions afflicting veterans and their families.

Let’s work together to foster a health care system for our nation’s veterans that is as innovative and effective as they are. We urge you to fully fund the President’s Budget request of $663 million for Medical and Prosthetic Research.

Thank you for your consideration and for your leadership on behalf of our veterans.