Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense

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Congressman John P. Murtha, chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, received the Man of Vision award, presented by Schepens Eye Research Institute, for his advocacy on behalf of veterans blinded by war and for research to restore their vision. The highest honor presented annually by Schepens, the Man of Vision Award honors an individual who has made lasting contributions to vision research and the awareness of the challenges of vision loss. For more than 30 years, Mr. Murtha has promoted medical research partnerships that target the specific needs of veterans. Most recently, his initiatives have helped the U.S. Department of Defense respond proactively to the increasing number of eye injuries suffered by American soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. In accepting the award from Schepens officials last week, Mr. Murtha said,

   We owe our troops more than just a debt of gratitude. We owe them
   the best care this country has to offer, today and in the future.
   Investing in vision research is an important part of making sure we
   can offer the care they need. … 
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