Veterans with Parkinson’s deserve the very best health care after their service to our country, where many were put at risk of disease when exposed to dangerous chemicals and traumatic brain injury.
A health care program for veterans with Parkinson’s, called the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers, or PADRECCs, was created in 2001. Its coordinated care model is the top standard of care in the treatment of Parkinson’s in veterans, ensuring that complex symptoms are recognized and treated with the best possible care. PADRECCs were rolled out in six locations and given $6 million in funding. Now, more than 20 years later, there are at least 110,000 U.S. veterans with Parkinson’s disease, the program still exists at only six locations. And it’s funded only at $7.9 million, despite an entire defense budget of $788 billion.
Every veteran with Parkinson’s deserves access to this care and the life-prolonging results it provides. Yet, veterans must pay out of pocket to travel to one of the six locations to access this high level of care.
Join us in asking Congress to give the veterans’ health care system the $16 million they need to ensure veterans with Parkinson’s have access to the very best care closer to home.
How to send an email:
Complete the form below to find a template email you can send to your lawmakers. Please feel free to personalize this message with your own experiences!