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Roe Leads Nearly 70 Members in Effort to Support Funding for Gulf War Illness Treatment Research

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Washington, March 27, 2015 | Tiffany Haverly (202-226-8072) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) led nearly 70 members of the House in a letter to appropriators encouraging funding for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Gulf War Illness Research Program within the DoD Congressional Directed Medical Research Programs.

The letter, found here, is supported by the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America, Sergeant Sullivan Center, National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Veterans for Common Sense.

Rep. Roe, M.D., member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the letter:

“As a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and a veteran myself, I believe we have a huge responsibility to ensure that these efforts continue, for these veterans and for current and future U.S. forces at risk of similar exposures and outcomes. As combat continues to evolve, we must have the capability to provide quality care to our returning servicemembers. This letter encourages appropriators to continue supporting this important research and I am proud to lead this effort.” 

Rep. Miller, Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, released the following statement:

“Our obligations to the men and women who have worn the uniform don’t stop when wars end. In order to keep faith with those who have served, we must always strive to provide them with the care and benefits they have earned. Maintaining robust veteran-related medical research efforts, such as DoD’s Gulf War Illness Research Program, is an important part of this equation. That’s why ensuring this program has adequate resources is of vital importance.”

Rep. Coffman, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and a combat veteran of the Gulf War, released the following statement:

“As a Gulf War veteran, I have always held a deep distrust for the Department of Defense because they refused, for years, to acknowledge that our troops had been exposed to chemical weapons. I will always stand by my fellow Gulf War veterans to make sure that their sacrifices are never forgotten and that they receive the necessary health care and benefits that they have earned through their service to our country.”

Rep. Walz, member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and the highest ranking enlisted soldier ever to serve in Congress, released the following statement on the letter:

“When our warriors return from battle, it’s our duty as a grateful nation to provide them with the best care possible, based in sound medical research. In order to achieve this goal, we must continue to invest in research that helps us better understand the risks and exposures they faced in combat. That is why I am proud to join my friend and colleague, Rep. Roe, to lead this letter in support of the successful Gulf War Illness Research Program.”

Anthony Hardie, director of Veterans for Common Sense, released the following statement:

"As an ill and affected Gulf War veteran myself, I'm deeply grateful for the leadership of Dr. Roe and Rep. Walz in helping ensure this treatment research program is allowed to continue its critically important work."  

Jim Binns, former chairman of the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses, released the following statement:

"Gulf War veterans and the researchers working to improve their health are exceedingly grateful for Congressman Roe and Congressman Walz's leadership. No members of Congress command higher respect among their colleagues on veterans' health issues than Dr. Roe as an M.D. and Mr. Walz as the highest-ranking enlisted veteran in Congress." 
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