Keep USUHS open!

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On October 31, 2019, the Department of Defense began a Defense-Wide Review. This review looks at the current budget and areas of spending within the Department of Defense, as well as where cuts can be made. Among the areas being considered for budgetary cuts is the military health system and funding for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Decreasing funding to the Uniformed Services University (USU) is concerning for many reasons. First, USU is an institution designed to prepare physicians, advanced practice nurses, and other healthcare professionals for the unique challenge of military medicine. Graduates of USU are valuable assets to military commanders as advisors in the care and protection of their personnel, as well as the overall readiness and lethality of the unit.

In addition to the standard curriculum, USU prepares healthcare providers to care for the warfighter in all environments, from Fort Bragg to Kabul, Afghanistan. Concepts of mission-focused medicine are interwoven throughout the curriculums and culminate in an annual field training exercise that emphasizes the preservation of life in even the most austere environments.

The decreases in funding would cause USU to close its doors. That closure would mean a decrease in medical providers prepared to care for our warfighters. This is a direct threat to our ability to maintain a lethal and medically ready military.

In the interest of the continued health and lethality of our military, I urge you to support the continued funding of the Uniformed Services University, keep the doors open!