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Friends of VA Host Congressional Briefing on VA Research

August 2, 2013—The Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) coalition hosted a July 24 congressional briefing titled VA Mental Health Research: Improving the Lives of America’s Veterans.  The over 80 attendees included representatives from the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees; agency personnel from the departments of Veteran Affairs (VA) and Defense (DoD); military press; and health, academic, and veteran-centric organizations.  Speakers illustrated the importance of the VA research program by presenting their latest findings on efforts to enhance the care of veterans.

John R. McQuaid, Ph.D., associate chief of mental health for clinical administration, San Francisco VA Medical Center, and professor of clinical psychology, University of California, San Francisco, discussed advances in cognitive behavior therapy to treat mental health issues, such as “phantom pain” associated with limb loss.  

Daniel J. Gottlieb, M.D., M.P.H., director, Sleep Disorders Clinic, VA Boston Healthcare System, and associate professor of medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, addressed the higher risk of developing sleep apnea in the veteran population.

FOVA is a diverse coalition representing numerous national academic, medical, and scientific societies; voluntary health and patient advocacy groups; and veteran-focused associations. Its mission is to ensure that America's veterans receive high-quality health care, primarily through increased annual funding for VA Medical and Prosthetic Research. For FY 2014, FOVA recommends $611 million for VA research, a $28.3 million (4.9 percent) increase over FY 2013.

The FY 2014 Military Construction-Veteran Affairs spending bill awaits consideration by the full Senate.  The House June 4 approved its version of the FY 2014 MilCon-VA spending bill (H.R. 2216), prompting a veto threat from the White House [see Washington Highlights, June 21].

The AAMC serves as a member of the FOVA executive committee.


Matthew Shick, JD
Director, Gov't Relations & Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 202-862-6116


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