Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) sent a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, requesting full funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical and Prosthetic Research program:
“The number of veterans utilizing prosthetic services from the VA has increased dramatically in recent years. Approximately six percent of our wounded service members who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan have lost a limb, and many others require services to recover from motor and sensory injuries. The VA has continued to develop new technologies and innovations to assist our veterans as they return to their normal lives, and we are lucky to have such a world-class institution on the forefront of this research,” said Congressman Alcee L. Hastings. “I am truly amazed by the technology being developed through VA Centers of Excellence – technology that will improve mobility for millions of people and even allow those with partially paralyzed muscles to be able to move again. I thank Congresswoman Esty for leading this effort to fully fund this valuable research, and urge the committee to allocate the necessary resources for those who have sacrificed so much.”
“The men and women that serve our country in uniform do so at great risk to their health and safety,” said Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty. “We have a responsibility to ensure that our veterans have access to the most effective care and innovative treatments available. To meet that obligation, Congress must act to further our understanding of the mental and physical conditions that most commonly afflict our veterans.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.