Capitol Eyes on AOA’s Dr. LervickJune 12, 2013
Dale Lervick, O.D., took a day away from his practice in Colorado to headline a standing-room-only congressional briefing on low vision and vision rehabilitation services sponsored by the AOA, the Blinded Veterans Association and The Vision Council.
The session detailed the need to expand optometry-led low vision/polytrauma care services for wounded warriors through the Veterans Affairs health system, an effort being championed by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) and Sen. John Boozman, OD, (R-Ark.).
Dr. Lervick, a member of the AOA Federal Relations Committee and Vision Rehabilitation Section (VRS), has been a leader in educating U.S. Senate and House of Representatives offices about eye health issues and building support for AOA-backed legislation before Congress. The AOA VRS provided consult and assisted the Advocacy team in this effort.
For more information on how to help advance optometry’s priorities on Capitol Hill and join Dr. Lervick and hundreds of other ODs at the 2013 AOA Congressional Advocacy Conference in September in Washington, D.C., contact Julie Trute, AOA-PAC director, at 800-365-2219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.