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Support "Scleroderma" for FY2018 DOD PRMRP Funding

Early each year, the United States Senate crafts an annual Department of Defense (DoD) appropriations bill, which includes a list of conditions that are deemed “eligible for study” through the Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP). In order for a condition to be included, Senators need to support the condition and officially ask for its inclusion. Senators have many competing appropriations priorities and in order for them to support a condition-specific request, they need to be educated and asked to do so by constituents.

In recent years, the PRMRP funded nearly $10 million in meritorious and meaningful scleroderma research projects. Research on the underlying mechanisms of scleroderma is showing relevance to all fibrosis, which occurs at higher rates among individuals who serve in the military and our veterans. Further, military service-associated environmental triggers, particularly silica, solvent, and radiation exposure, are believed to be linked to the onset of scleroderma in individuals that are genetically predisposed to the condition. The Senate included “scleroderma” as a condition eligible for study during the current year, FY 2017, and it is important that we thank key Senators on behalf of the community and ask for their support again for FY 2018.

Senators are currently working on the FY 2018 DoD appropriations bill and deciding which conditions will be included on the next PRMRP eligible conditions list. At this critical juncture, please reach out to the offices of your Senators and ask that they “support the inclusion of scleroderma in the DoD PRMRP’s eligible conditions list in FY 2018.” 

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Make "Scleroderma" Eligible for Study Through DOD Medical Research Program

Dear [Decision Maker],

Thank you for your leadership on public health issues. I write you today on behalf of the community of individuals affected by scleroderma to ask that you work with your colleagues on the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee to ensure that "scleroderma" is once again listed as a condition eligible for study through the Department of Defense Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) within the Committee Report accompanying the Senate's FY 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill.

I hope you will correspond with the leadership of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee in support of the community and officially request the recognition of "scleroderma" as a condition eligible for study through the PRMRP during the FY18 Appropriations Process.

On behalf of scleroderma affected constituents, thank you for your time and your consideration of this request.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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