Science GRO Visits the Hill on Behalf of Veterans

Science GRO's Heather Kelly and colleagues from the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research Coalition (FOVA) visited members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, to advocate for increased Fiscal Year 2011 funding for the intramural VA research account and support for VA lab space renovations.
Science GRO's Heather Kelly and colleagues from the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research Coalition (FOVA) made a series of visits this week to members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.  These are the groups on the House side charged with congressional oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and funding of the VA, and the FOVA executive committee advocated for increased Fiscal Year 2011 funding for the intramural VA research account as well as support for VA lab space renovations.  Hill visits to members of these committees and their Senate counterparts follow closely on the heels of the annual VA Research Week sponsored by VA Headquarters here in Washington, designed to heighten visibility of VA research successes.  To kick off the weeklong activities and emphasize the need for continued federal investment in VA research, FOVA co-hosted a reception on the Senate side of Capitol Hill with Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR), a physician and U.S. Marine Corps veteran.