VA's prosthetics research needs stronger funding, advocate says

12/26/2013 | Hill, The

Funding for the Medical and Prosthetic Research program of the Department of Veterans Affairs has been flat or, when inflation is taken into account, even declining at a time of urgent need to assist wounded soldiers in such areas as prosthetics and spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, writes Garry Augustine, executive director of the Disabled American Veterans' National Service and Legislative Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Many people are unaware of the degree to which medical breakthroughs by the VA have helped the general population, he writes.

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