Congresswoman and Senator to Announce Funding for New Spinal Cord Injury Unit at Zablocki

House.Gov, Oct 18, 2007

(Washington, DC)- Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Senator Herb Kohl today announced that Milwaukee's Zablocki VA Medical Center, a major veterans' health care facility in Wisconsin's Fourth Congressional District, will receive $32.5 million for a new Spinal Cord Injury Unit (SCI) under the Continuing Appropriations Resolution for FY 2007.

Last year, Congresswoman Moore sent a letter signed by Wisconsin delegation members Sen. Herb Kohl, Sen. Russ Feingold, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, Rep. Mark Green, and Rep. Ron Kind to VA Secretary R. James Nicholson expressing their strong support for the funding. When the House FY2007 Military Quality of Life Appropriations bill did not include funding for Zablocki's SCI Unit, Congresswoman Moore offered an amendment to that bill to reinstate the funding. That bill was later taken up by the Senate, where Senator Kohl fought in the Appropriations Committee to ensure that funding was included for the new SCI Unit.

“The Zablocki Spinal Cord Injury Unit routinely treats our veterans with some of the most specialized and complicated medical treatments in use today. Our veterans, including the many brave men and women who served our country in Iraq, deserve the best medical care available. This upgrade at Zablocki will bring cutting-edge medical technologies to Wisconsin’s veterans, and I’m pleased that the VA has signaled that this important project is now moving forward,” Kohl said.

“We're talking about our nation's veterans – heroes by any measure – who have lost the use of their legs and arms and often the ability to live independently,” Moore said. “A state-of-the-art SCI Unit is long overdue at Zablocki. Considering their many sacrifices, the least we can do is provide these veterans with the best technology available.”

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