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Hundreds are gathered in Washington, DC to meet with Congress and ask them to take a stand in the fight against arthritis by supporting the three issues arthritis Advocates indicated were most important.

But to get the attention of Congress, hundreds of voices aren’t enough. We need your help. Share your Summit experience on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using the hashtag #AdvocateforArthritis and be sure to watch the Virtual Summit unfold at arthritis.org/Summit2016.

Thank you to those of you who participated in the first phase of our virtual summit. We received approximately 1,800 letters that we will hand deliver to Capitol Hill during the event!

Learn more about the issues we are advocating for at the Advocacy Summit!

Arthritis Research at the Department of Defense

One out of every three veterans and service members in the United States lives with arthritis, a serious, chronic and complex disease that affects one in five Americans in the general population. Arthritis carries with it enormous physical, financial and societal costs, but for veterans and service members, the costs are multiplied. Today, arthritis is among the most common conditions veterans and service members face and one of the major reasons military personnel are discharged from service.

The Arthritis Foundation urges federal investment in arthritis research through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) at the Department of Defense in the FY17 funding bill.

To learn more, download a free informational brochure that you can share with your friends, family members and members of Congress.

Ensuring Children's Access to Specialty Care Act of 2015

There is a severe shortage of pediatric rheumatologists in the United States, with fewer than 250 board-certified, practicing pediatric rheumatologists, primarily clustered in and around large cities. In fact, 11 states do not have a single board-certified, practicing pediatric rheumatologist, and 7 states have only one.

The Arthritis Foundation urges Congress to cosponsor H.R. 1859, which would help alleviate the shortage of pediatric rheumatologists. Learn more about this issue and read more about H.R. 1859.

Increasing Members of the Congressional Arthritis Caucus

Awareness is one of the major roadblocks in conquering the fight against arthritis. We want to build a stronger Congressional Arthritis Caucus to help educate all Members of Congress about how arthritis impacts their communities and how to help support federal and local efforts addressing arthritis in all forms.

Ask your Representative and Senator to join the Congressional Arthritis CaucusCheck the list here to see if they are already on the Caucus.

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