Sending Office: Honorable Marcy Kaptur
Sign Bipartisan Letter Urging NDAA Conferees to Include Language to Help Wounded Ukrainian Soldiers
Current signer: Kaptur, DeLauro, Fitzpatrick, Harris
Please consider a bipartisan letter to NDAA conferees, regarding language on non-medical expenses for wounded Ukrainian soldiers in the United States
who cannot receive care in their own country.
There is bill text and report language secured in the Senate NDAA for 2018, and this issue arose after the House version had passed. This letter would urge the conferees to include the corresponding bill text and report language in the final NDAA bill.
DoD has historically covered these expenses until recently when it made an internal shift under President Obama.
If your boss would like to sign on to this letter, please contact Nick Kazvini-Gore (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Rep. Kaptur’s office. The deadline is tomorrow COB.
September X, 2017
Members of the Conference Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives for the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018
As you begin conference negotiations with your Senate counterparts on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2018, we urge you to ensure the conference agreement supports robust funding for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and directs
the Department to cover non-medical expenses of wounded Ukrainian soldiers in the United States who are unable to seek specialized medical treatment in Ukraine as it has previously done.
Ukraine continues to be subjected to military aggression and hostility by Russia. It has been reported that nearly 3,000 Ukrainian fighters have been killed and more than 10,000 have been wounded. Some wounded soldiers have required specialized treatment
at medical facilities in the United States since they were unable to receive in their own country. In June 2015, the Secretary of Defense approved the use of the Secretarial Designee program and Emergency and Extraordinary Expense funding to cover inpatient
care and non-medical costs for Ukrainian soldiers treated in the United States who could not receive such treatment in Ukraine. To date, eight wounded Ukrainian soldiers benefited.
However, only inpatient care is currently covered under the Secretarial Designee program. Due to the ongoing crisis in that country, the Ukraine government is unable to provide funding for non-medical expenses related to providing this care. Without access
to services such as transportation, lodging, meals, and other expenses related to the movement and medical treatment, it is more challenging for wounded Ukrainian soldiers to access treatment in the United States.
As such, we urge you to support section 1250(b) of the Senate National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 that would allow for the treatment of Ukrainian soldiers through the Secretarial Designee program and non-medical expenses related to such treatment.
In addition, we encourage you to ensure the conference agreement includes the funding level authorized in the 2018 Senate authorization to help in support of Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty and regional stability.
It is critical the Department of Defense continue its support to assist Ukraine and its soldiers as the ongoing conflict with Russia persists, including associated medical and non-medical costs associated with that treatment as it previously covered. Thank
you for your continued support and consideration of this request.
Bill text in the Senate bill:
SEC. 1250. ENHANCEMENT OF UKRAINE SECURITY ASSISTANCE INITIATIVE.
Section 1250(b) of National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (Public Law 114–92;
126 Stat. 1068), as amended by section 1237(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114–328;
130 Stat. 2495), is further amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
“(12) Treatment of wounded Ukraine soldiers in the United States in medical treatment facilities through the Secretarial Designee Program, and transportation, lodging, meals, and other appropriate non-medical support in connection
with such treatment (including incidental expenses in connection with such support).”.
Report Language in the Senate bill:
Ukrainian wounded warriors
The committee understands that in June 2015, the Secretary
of Defense approved the use of the Secretarial Designee program
and Emergency and Extraordinary Expense funding to pay costs
arising from the medical and rehabilitative treatment at
military medical treatment facilities of wounded Ukrainian
soldiers who could not receive the necessary specialized
medical treatment in Ukraine. Costs covered included inpatient
care, transportation, lodging, meals, and incidental expenses
relating to the movement and medical treatment of the wounded
Ukrainian soldiers. The committee understands that eight
wounded Ukrainian soldiers were successfully assisted through
this program. The committee recognizes that providing this
specialized care enhances military operational medical force
readiness through the performance of combat-related medical
procedures that help ensure physicians and other providers
maintain critical readiness skillsets.
The committee is concerned that the expenses of medical
coverage for additional wounded Ukrainian soldiers approved
under the Secretarial Designee program only extends to
inpatient care, and the Ukrainian government is required to
fund all remaining costs. In light of the ongoing conflict in
Ukraine, the Ukrainian government is unable to reimburse these
costs, creating difficulty in bringing any additional wounded
soldiers to the United States for the care they desperately
Russia’s persistent military aggression in Ukraine
continues to inflict grievous injuries on Ukrainian soldiers,
who require medical treatment that cannot be performed in
country. The committee supports the Department of Defense’s
efforts through the Secretarial Designee program to provide
medical and rehabilitative assistance in military medical
treatment facilities in the United States to Ukrainian soldiers
wounded in defense of their country and strongly encourages the
Department to fund to the extent practicable both the medical
and non-medical costs it previously covered for future cases.
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