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How You Can Make an Impact

How Members of Congress Can Take Action

The Arthritis Foundation strongly recommends that Members of Congress communicate with their respective members and leadership on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense asking for a stand-alone arthritis program within the DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), funded at $20 million. This would ensure dedicated research funding to meet the growing needs of active duty military personnel and veterans, and would benefit all people with arthritis.

How You Can Take Action

  • Share this issue brief with your Representative and Senators.
  • Use this graphic to demonstrate why the Department of Defense should create an arthritis research program.
  • Share this executive summary about how arthritis affects active duty personnel and veterans.

Call Congress About This Issue

Dial the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected with your Senator's office. Then share this message:

Hi, my name is [your name] and I live in [city], [zip]. I’m calling today to talk about arthritis research at the Department of Defense. I would like Senator [Senator's Last Name] to support the creation of a dedicated arthritis research program at the Department of Defense and want to know what I can do to help make that happen. Please contact me at your convenience at [your email] or [your phone]. Thank you!

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