Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
Sent By:
JK.Spangler@mail.house.gov

Organizational Support: American Psychological Association, The Military Coalition (Air Force Association, Air Force Sergeants Association, AMVETS, AMSUS, the Society of Federal Health Professionals, Commissioned Officers Association. of
the U.S. Public Health Service Inc., Chief Warrant Officers Association of the U.S. Coast Guard, Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the U.S., Fleet Reserve Association, Gold Star Wives of America, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Jewish
War Veterans of the USA, Marine Corps League, Military Officers Association of America, National Military Family Association, Naval Enlisted Reserve Association, Non-Commissioned Officers Association of the United States of America, Service Women’s Action
Network, The Military Chaplains Association of the USA, The Retired Enlisted Association, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, United States Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association, U.S. Army Warrant Officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars
of the U.S.), Veterans for Common Sense, Marine Corps Reserve Association, and the Blinded Veterans Association.

Signatories: Deutch, Moore, Luria, Hastings, Rose, Hartzler, Brownley, Harder, Tipton, Carbajal, Luria, Cisneros Jr., Vargas, Connolly, Cole, Heck, and Bacon

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in sending a bipartisan letter to Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, MC, USN, Director, Defense Health Agency, and Thomas McCaffery, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense on the proposed elimination of over 17,000 military medical personnel
and the impact of this dramatic reduction on servicemembers and their families.

Uniformed medical personnel reductions targeted to non-combat care specialties mean more families will have to rely on civilian providers for their care. We fear civilian sector health care will be unable to accommodate military family needs, particularly
in rural and underserved areas, as well as overseas locations. Health care is one of the most important elements of the military compensation and benefits package and a key to retention. Diminishing this benefit by hindering access to care will not only result
in a failure to fulfill obligations to servicemembers and their families but would also harm recruiting and retention.

Thank you for your appreciation for and dedication to servicemembers, retirees, their families, and survivors.  Should you have any questions please contact Jonathan Spangler, jk.spangler@mail.house.gov with
Rep. Gabbard. If you would like to sign on to the letter please fill out this google form. We have EXTENDED THE DEADLINE to join the letter to the 17TH of May, COB.

Sincerely,

 

Tulsi Gabbard                                                                         Brian Mast

Member of Congress                                                              Member of Congress