VA Provides Free Parkinson's Treatment
Military.com reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced a $36 million campaign to find a cure for Parkinson's disease. All veterans suffering from the illness will be entitled to free medical care at six centers that will be built by the VA to educate the public, perform research, and treat the illness. These centers will be located in Houston; Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; Richmond, Va.; San Francisco; and West Los Angeles, Calif. A Veterans Administration press release reports that each Parkinson's center will conduct research covering basic biomedicine, rehabilitation, health services delivery, and clinical trials. Creation of the new centers represents the second substantial VA initiative regarding Parkinson's disease in two years. VA medical centers treat at least 20,000 Parkinson's disease patients each year.