DearColleague.us

Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
Sent By:
Damon.Wright@mail.house.gov

Please Support VA Medical and Prosthetic Research!

Deadline: COB Today, Monday, March 9, 2020

**This is a Programmatic Request that will require online submission**

Click Here to Sign via Google Form

Dear Colleague,

Today is the last day to join us in sending a letter to the Subcommittee on Military, Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies requesting $860 million for Medical and Prosthetic Research in FY2021.

The research being conducted at the VA is crucial to our understanding of the conditions that commonly afflict our service members 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 understanding of the mental and physical demands of their service as well as access to the proven, highest quality of care.

For more information, please contact Damon Wright in the office of Congressman Alcee L. Hastings at
Damon.Wright@mail.house.gov. Or,
click here to sign via Google Form.

Sincerely,

Alcee L. Hastings             Jenniffer González-Colón
Member of Congress        Member of Congress

FY20 Signatories: Alcee L. Hastings, Jenniffer González-Colón, Denny Heck, Theodore E. Deutch, Tony Cárdenas, Judy Chu, Rosa L. DeLauro, Al Green, Daniel W. Lipinski, Linda T. Sánchez, Harley Rouda, Albio Sires, Julia Brownley, Juan Vargas, David N. Cicilline,
Danny K. Davis, Peter A. DeFazio, Rick Larsen, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Vicente Gonzalez, Alan Lowenthal, Donald M. Payne, Jr., Debbie Dingell, Jimmy Panetta, David Scott, Ted W. Lieu, Jamie Raskin, Mark Takano, Donald S. Beyer Jr., Darren Soto, Raúl M. Grijalva,
Ilhan Omar, Ami Bera, M.D., Diana DeGette, Steve Cohen, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Sheila Jackson Lee, Andy Kim, Tulsi Gabbard, Salud Carbajal, Al Lawson, Dave Loebsack, Ruben Gallego, Mark DeSaulnier, Sean Casten James P. McGovern, Mike Thompson, Chris Pappas,
A. Donald McEachin, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Andre Carson, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Peter Welch, Joaquin Castro, Nydia M. Velázquez, Jan Schakowsky, Barbara Lee, Raul Ruiz, M.D., Stephen F. Lynch, Adriano Espaillat, Jennifer Wexton, Brendan F. Boyle, Donna
E. Shalala, Filemon Vela, Katie Porter, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Jim Himes, Lucy McBath, Jerry McNerney, Tim Burchett, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Jason Crow, Conor Lamb, Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr., Steven Horsford, Susie Lee, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott,
Jesús G. “Chuy” García, Elissa Slotkin, Adam Smith, Jim Costa, Joe Neguse, Adam B. Schiff, Jahana Hayes

 

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Chairwoman
Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies
HT-2 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable John Carter
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies
HVC-227, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz and Ranking Member Carter:

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 a funding level of $860 million for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Medical and Prosthetic Research program within the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act
for Fiscal Year 2021.

The VA Research and Development (R&D) program plays a key role in advancing the health and care of Veterans and is uniquely positioned to continue to lead a national transformation of American health care. As part of the largest integrated health care system
in the United States, VA R&D is superbly placed to study the causes and most effective treatments of the conditions that most commonly afflict our service members and veterans.

Currently, VA researchers are studying preventions and treatments for some of the most devastating mental and physical health issues affecting veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic
brain injury (TBI), traumatic amputation, sensory dysfunction and loss, and polytrauma. 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 with cutting-edge
personalized medicine approaches, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), chronic pain, and Gulf War illnesses.

Let’s work together to support VA researchers and foster a health care system for our nation’s veterans that is as innovative and effective as they are. We urge you to provide a meaningful investment of $860 million for the VA’s Medical and Prosthetic Research
Program for the coming fiscal year.

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

Sincerely,

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