NAN_header2a**URGENT**: Call your Senators RIGHT NOW to save the Department of Defense ‪#‎BreastCancer‬ Research Program (DOD BCRP).
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is offering an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on the Senate floor TODAY which would do irreparable damage to the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program.

DODPlease call your Senators NOW and give them the following message:
1. Please vote against the McCain Amendment #1482 to the NDAA
2. This amendment would do irreparable damage to the DOD BCRP – one of the most efficient, innovative and successful government programs.
3. As a breast cancer survivor/activist, the DOD BCRP is incredibly important to me and has produced results which have directly benefited survivors like me, including those who have served and currently serve our country in the armed forces.

Find your Senators here:

OR use this Link:
Learn more about the DOD BCRP:…/priority-2-150-mi…

To see the bill H.R. 1735 go to:

To see Amendment 1483 go to:

TAKE ACTION: clickhere

This is a pre-written letter that you can send to let your Senators know how important it is that we don’t lose funding for the very successful Breast Cancer Research Program. funded by the Department of Defense. It only takes a minute to put your name and address in and your email will be sent to Congress.

2 thoughts on “DOD BCRP in Jeopardy TODAY– Ask Senators to Oppose Amendment #1482

  1. I will do nothing until I read the amendment. McCain’s amendment seems to require a military benefit in order to fund programs, which seems quite reasonable for the Department of Defense budget.

    In the past, there has been congressionally directed research included in the BCRP program. This sets off all the alarms for government waste, since members of Congress do not have the background to evaluate research.

    To hysterically call upon breast cancer patients to oppose an amendment that you do not appear to have read damages your credibility as a policy advocate.

    Sent from my iPad


    1. Hi Betsy,
      Thank you for commenting and sharing your views as I welcome all thoughts related to this amendment. I agree that people need to read all about the issues before signing letters to congress.
      As a result I added links that to the bill and amendment in the post. They are:
      To see the bill H.R. 1735 go to:
      To see Amendment 1483 go to:

      I did not demand that everyone agree with this nor do I feel that I hysterically called upon breast cancer advocates to take action. I hope that you will respect that advocates have different opinions and should have healthy conversations about points of view.

      I read the amendment and the original bill. We are not the only organization that feels this way. Here is an open letter from many organizations expressing why they oppose the amendment.

      June 10, 2015
      Senator John McCain Senator Jack Reed
      Chair Ranking Minority Member
      Senate Committee on Armed Services Senate Committee on Armed Services
      Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510

      The undersigned organizations urge you to oppose an amendment that may be offered by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. This amendment prohibits funding for medical research at the Department of Defense (DoD) unless such research meets certain narrowly-defined criteria related to military relevance.
      We oppose the amendment because it is unnecessary and, if enacted, could jeopardize funding for research activities that have broader relevance to the U.S. military, including the health and well-being of military families and veterans, and the efficiency of the military health care system.
      The medical research programs at DoD directly impact the health and lives of the U.S. military, their families and the public. They include important medical research programs related to several forms of cancer and other disorders. Grants awarded through these programs have led to breakthroughs on nerve regeneration and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – key developments favorably impacting our newest wounded warriors. Other programs provide groundbreaking research on psychological health, Gulf War Illness, spinal cord injury, and hearing and vision loss (which comprise a significant portion of current battlefield injuries). Many of these diseases occur at greater rates in those who have served in the military.
      Defense health research grants undergo rigorous merit review from both scientific and consumer review panels, and are awarded competitively based in large part on their innovative qualities as well as scientific merit and relevance to the U.S. military.
      We urge the Senate to reject this misguided amendment and instead support continued investments in the medical research programs at DoD.

      ALS Association
      American Association of Clinical Urologists
      American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
      American Gastroenterological Association
      American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
      American Society for Reproductive Medicine
      American Urological Association
      Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation
      Arthritis Foundation
      Bladder Cancer Action Network
      Children’s Tumor Foundation
      Colon Cancer Alliance
      Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
      Cure HHT
      Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer
      Digestive Disease National Coalition
      Epilepsy Foundation
      Fight Colorectal Cancer
      FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
      Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne
      GBS/CIPD Foundation International
      International Myeloma Foundation
      Kidney Cancer Association
      LAM Foundation
      Living Beyond Breast Cancer
      Lung Cancer Alliance
      Lymphoma Research Foundation
      Malecare Cancer Support
      Melanoma Research Foundation
      Muscular Dystrophy Association
      National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions
      National Autism Association
      National Multiple Sclerosis Society
      Neurofibromatosis Network
      Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
      Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
      Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
      Parkinson’s Action Network
      Preventing Colorectal Cancer
      Prostate Cancer Foundation
      Pulmonary Hypertension Association
      Scleroderma Foundation
      Sleep Research Society
      Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
      Society of Gynecologic Oncology
      Society for Women’s Health Research
      Sturge-Weber Foundation
      Susan G. Komen
      Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
      Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network
      Veterans for Common Sense
      ZERO-The End of Prostate Cancer

      Contact: Mark Vieth, Coordinator, Defense Health Research Consortium, (202) 484-1100,


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