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Opening Statement of Hon. Jeff Miller, Ranking Republican Member, and a Representative in Congress from the State of Florida

Research is necessary to generate new knowledge and achieve scientific and clinical excellence.

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) is world renowned for its medical research, and VA’s research program has a strong history of success and is credited with pioneering life saving therapies and treatments that have improved health care not only for veterans but for patients as a whole.   This year, for example, the first vaccine for shingles was approved as a result of VA research.

Modern molecular medicine and rapidly advancing medical technology make a strong research enterprise more important to veterans than ever.  

As we map the future of VA research, we must work to ensure that VA’s research goals align with the special health care needs of both our new generation of veterans from the Global War on Terror and our older veterans of previous wars. 

Recognizing the value of VA research, we must also be aware that nothing is more important than translating research from the “bench” to the “bedside”.   

I am pleased to see that we will hear from the Administrative Officer from the Military Advanced Training Center and have the opportunity to discuss collaborative efforts on federal research for the benefit of our military and veterans.

Thank you Mr. Chairman, and I yield back the balance of my time.