Ask your Representative to Support the DoD Parkinson's Research Program!
Voice Your Support for PD Research
Under the leadership of Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Peter King (R-NY), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease, a letter is circulating asking for $16 million in funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) Parkinson's research program in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015.
Thanks to your hard work, this program was fully funded at $16 million in FY 2014 despite broader fiscal challenges. We need your help once again to ensure that DoD Parkinson's research remains a priority.
Contact your Representative today and ask him or her to sign the letter in support of Parkinson's research at the DoD. The deadline to secure signatures is 5 PM on March 28.
The Parkinson's Action Network strongly supports continued funding for the DoD Parkinson's research program. Our troops are routinely exposed to a wide range of toxins and other external stressors, such as traumatic brain injury, that may lead to the development of Parkinson's. The program funds grants, which go to researchers across the country, that support research to better understand how these exposures occur and how to better treat and prevent Parkinson's.
The research generated by the DoD Parkinson's research program (formally known as Peer-Reviewed Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson's Research program) not only benefits our military and the nearly 80,000 veterans with Parkinson's disease, but also provides the broader Parkinson's community with information on how to combat the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disease in the United States.
Date originally posted: March 12, 2014.