FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2010
|CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Cong. Timothy Walz Issues Letter Asking House Colleagues to Support PRMR-Vision Funding at $10 Million in FY2011 Defense Appropriations
(Washington, D.C.) Today, Congressman Timothy Walz (D-MN) issued a "Dear Colleague" letter in which he asks fellow Members to join him in urging the House leadership to fund the Peer Reviewed Medical Research-Vision (PRMR-Vision) line item at $10 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Defense appropriations. Cong. Walz, who serves on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, acknowledges in his letter that six Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) endorse this request—including Blinded Veterans Association, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Military Order of the Purple Heart of the USA, Inc., Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States—in addition to the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR).
"NAEVR commends Cong. Walz for his leadership in urging FY2011 PRMR-Vision funding at $10 million, since past funding has been insufficient to address the necessary research into the devastating eye injuries being experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan," said NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky. "A Dear Colleague letter that demonstrates broad support of the House will resonate with the leadership and the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee members, who will be proceeding to markup of a bill shortly."
In early May, the Department of Defense's (DOD) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) announced $10 million in grant awards to vision researchers from its Vision Research Program (VRP). The net total of these awards reflects the FY 2009 and 2010 Congressional appropriations of $4 million and $3.75 million, respectively, from the PRMR-Vision program line item in defense funding plus $3.2 million provided by TATRCís "sister" agency within the U.S Armyís Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC), the Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (CRMRP), minus administrative costs.
The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) is a 501(c)4 non-profit advocacy coalition comprised of 55 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. Visit the Web site at www.eyeresearch.org.