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U. S. Medicine Quotes NAEVR in Article about Vision Center of Excellence, Defense Vision Research Funding

On February 20, U.S. Medicine, a monthly publication that serves healthcare professionals working in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DOD), and U.S. Public Health Service, posted an article on the joint DOD/VA Vision Center of Excellence (VCE), especially its development of the Defense and Veterans Eye Injury and Vision Registry to track the occurrence, treatment, and outcomes of military eye-related injuries and vision impairment.

The article includes a section describing advocacy by NAEVR and its colleagues at the Blinded Veterans Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmology for $10 million in funding for the Vision Trauma Research Program (VTRP) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Defense appropriations. NAEVR has expressed its disappointment that FY2012 funding for this program was only at $3.2 million, a 20 percent cut from the FY2011 funding level of $4 million.

NAEVR and BVA have been proactively reaching out to the media to educate about the critical need for funding defense-related vision research, especially since it is military-relevant, addresses DOD-identified research gaps, and has the potential for rapid translation into battlefield diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The October 10, 2011, editions of USA Today and Military Times featured articles on the plan by Congress to cut FY2012 defense vision research funding, which was subsequently finalized in appropriations passed into law late last year.