The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program's (CDMRP) treatment-focused Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP)--aimed at improving the health and lives of the 175,000 to 210,000 veterans of the 1991 Gulf War who remain ill from their military service--is funded at the pleasure of Congress each year.
This video shows more about the CDMRP, why it is successful, and how it is positively impacting Iraq, Afghanistan, and Gulf War veterans suffering from Gulf War illness (Gulf War Syndrome), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
A Congressional conference committee will soon decide the fate of the 2010 CDMRP Gulf War Illness Research Program in the FY10 Defense Appropriations Act, with the U.S. Senate recommending $12 million and U.S. House just $8 million.
Supporters of the CDMRP's Gulf War Illness treatments and other research programs to help our injured veterans should contact members of the Conference Committee. While the members have not yet been fully determined, they will include, among others, the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee chair and ranking member, Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), and the House Defense Appropriations Subcomittee chair and ranking member, Representative John Murtha (D-Penn.) and Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young (R-Fla.).