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NAEVR Justifies $10 Million for Vision Research in FY2010 Defense Appropriations with New Vision Funding Data Supporting its Request

Legislative Update
July 10, 2009

Left: Specialist Travis Fugate, USA (retired) above with Cong. James Moran (D-VA), who has been a champion for defense-related vision research, and below, with Axel Spens in the office of Cong. Jack Kingston (R-GA). NAEVR’s request has received strong bipartisan support.
"On July 10, NAEVR made a last round of visits to members of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, reiterating its request that Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Defense appropriations maintain the dedicated Peer Reviewed Medical Research-Vision line item and increase funding to $10 million. NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky and Advocacy Manager David Epstein were joined in these efforts by Specialist Travis Fugate, USA (retired), who was blinded in Iraq and has testified on Capitol Hill about the aftermath of his injuries.

Since the Subcommittee’s markup of the FY2010 bill is scheduled for July 16, NAEVR presented updated information to justify its $10 million defense-related vision research request, including:

"Although the Subcommittee faces myriad funding issues at next week’s markup, I am pleased that staff indicated that we have caught their attention with the importance of defense-related vision research," said NAEVR’s James Jorkasky, who added that he especially wanted to commend Travis for providing his first-hand account of the impact of devastating eye injuries being experienced in Iraq.