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LE&RN LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT: Contact your Senators and House Representatives; ask them to support research on Lymphatic Diseases (LD) at the Department of Defense.

Note: only constituents living in the States listed below should contact the named Appropriation Committee legislators. We are only contacting legislators on the Appropriation Committee. If you live in a State not listed, but have family and friends in the listed states, forward them this email and encourage them to contact their legislators. 

Each year, the United States Congress crafts its annual appropriations bill for the Department of Defense (DoD), 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, Members of Congress need to support the condition and officially ask for its inclusion. Members of Congress 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 their constituents.
Certain Senators and Representatives have been selected to finalize the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 DoD appropriations bill, and they will decide which conditions will be included in the next PRMRP eligible conditions list. If you live in the district or state of one of the Senators or Representatives below, please reach out to their office at this critical juncture and ask them to "support the inclusion of ‘lymphatic diseases' in the DOD PRMRP’s eligible conditions list for FY 2019.”
Action Steps

  • Check the list below to see if one of your Senators or your House Representative is a conferee on the FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill.

  • A script has been included below to use to contact the Health Staffers in the offices of your Senators and Representative by phone or by email.

  • Contact information for the Congressional Committee Members is linked below. This information is available on their websites.

  • Call the office and ask to speak with the Health Staffer. If he or she is unavailable, ask for his or her email address or ask to be connected to his or her voicemail.

  • Use the script below to help with your outreach. If you have any questions or if you would like any additional assistance, please contact Peter Herzog, Lymphatic Education & Research Network’s Washington Representative, at or (202) 544-7499.

Sample script or email for contacting your Members of Congress: 
My name is [Your Name] and I am a constituent from [Your City/State]. I’m contacting you today regarding lymphedema and lymphatic disease research at the Department of Defense. Please include “lymphatic diseases” in the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) as you finalize Defense appropriations for fiscal year 2019.
[Optional: Share your personal story or interest in this issue.]
Thank you for your time and your consideration. This effort is important to our community, and I appreciate your assistance.
[Your Name]
[Your Address]


Fiscal-year 2019 Defense Appropriations Committee Members



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