On Wednesday, June 6 Carl Hicks sat at a long table in front of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and told his story and made his request.
A former Army Ranger, Lt. Col. Hicks (Ret.) spoke about his daughter, Meaghan, and her battle with PH. He has done this many times before, several years ago visiting the offices of over 100 Members of Congress in a two day advocacy marathon.
This time, he was asking the Chair, Senator Inouye and Vice-chair Cochran and the Subcommittee members to once again add PH to the list of diseases impacting military families. Such a listing will make PH researchers eligible for grant funding from the Department of Defense research fund. Carl made his request as the Senators looked at him and pictures of his beloved Meaghan.
You can watch Carl’s testimony on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee website Drag the time bar beneath the video to just past 33:00 to see Carl
We thank Carl and all our advocacy heroes who are getting to know their own Members of Congress and educating them about PH. One Member at a time, we can and are making a difference.