Care at the VA
With approximately 80,000 veterans living with Parkinson’s disease, it is essential that there are specialists within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that are experts in treating this complex disease. In 2001, the VA created the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (PADRECCs) to revolutionize the care for veterans with Parkinson’s.
Today, six PADRECCs and more than fifty Consortium Centers serve veterans affected by Parkinson’s by providing care, education, research, and national outreach, and advocacy.
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Advocacy Saved the PADRECCs
In 2006, the VA proposed to close the PADRECCs. PAN immediately mobilized our powerful national grassroots network, as the closure of the PADRECCs would have left veterans living with Parkinson’s without access to specialized care.
Thanks to the tireless work of the Parkinson’s community and Congressional champions, including former Representative Lane Evans (D-IL) and former Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI), President George W. Bush signed legislation ensuring the permanent establishment of the PADRECCs on December 21, 2006.
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