Each year, PAN works to secure funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) Parkinson’s research program. Through meetings, phone calls, and emails to Members of Congress, the Parkinson’s community has successfully secured over $370 million for Parkinson’s research at the DoD since 1997.
The final Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget agreement, signed into law in January 2014, provides $16 million for the DoD Parkinson’s research program. This matches PAN’s request and fully restores funding lost to sequestration in FY 2013. Given that defense spending faced a number of difficult choices in final discussions on FY 2014 spending, this is a significant victory for the Parkinson’s community. It is also recognition by Congressional leaders that the program should be a continued priority.
Under the leadership of the House Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s disease co-chairs, Reps. Peter King (R-NY), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), a letter requesting $16 million for the DoD program in FY 2015 has been submitted to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. Over 50 bipartisan members of the House signed on in support.