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Friends of VA medical care and health research

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On September 26th, PVA celebrated 30 years of advocacy with the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) at a Capitol Hill reception. The coalition is comprised of more than 80 national academic, medical, and scientific societies; voluntary health and patient advocacy groups; and veteran-focused associations. FOVA works in concert with the Independent Budget to advocate for high-quality veteran's health care.

PVA, a member of the FOVA executive committee, joined with other veterans service organizations and scientific and academic communities to celebrate FOVA and highlight the contributions made to VA research. Emceeing the event was PVA’s Associate Executive Director of Government Relations, Heather Ansley. Speakers at the event included House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe, MD (R-TN); House Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Committee (MilCon-VA) Ranking Member Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); Carolyn Clancy, MD, deputy undersecretary for discovery, education, and affiliate networks at the Veterans Health Administration; and Rachel Ramoni, DMD, ScD, chief research and development officer at VA.

Of particular note, Dr. Ramoni lauded the fiscal year (FY) 2019 MilCon-VA spending package, which was signed by President Trump on September 21st, for including a 7.9 percent increase for the VA research program compared to FY 2018. Increases in research funding are essential to VA being able to properly tackle the health care challenges of today.

 

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