Congressman Ryan Announces Ohio 13th Congressional District May Receive Half a Billion Dollars in Federal Defense Funding
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), a Member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, applauded the passage of the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations combined spending packages which contain the Defense and Veterans Affairs funding, among other agencies and departments. The combined bills fund several of Congressman Ryan’s priorities which could end up being located in the 13th Congressional District. Ryan fought to receive funding for four new C-130J aircraft for the Air Force Reserve, additive manufacturing research and development, laser research, passive cooling material for military equipment, and other projects.
“This is a huge win for Northeast Ohio which includes critical investments to protect our servicemembers and veterans, maintain our competitive edge in research and development, and grow local jobs,” said Congressman Ryan. “I’m proud to have used my position on the House Appropriations Committee to fund projects such as $400 million for four new C-130J airplanes, tens of millions to continue local research and development initiatives, and key investments that will help our veterans.”
FY2020 Defense Funding Bill Highlights
- C-130J Aircraft Procurement – Procurement of 4 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, specifically designated for U.S. Air Force Reserve units. The Youngstown Air Reserve Station houses the 910th Airlift Wing, which utilizes older models of C-130 aircraft for its unique aerial spray mission as well as combat support.
- Additive Manufacturing Research and Development – $30 million in research and development funding for large-scale additive manufacturing development, additive manufacturing training programs, and additive manufacturing supply chain development. Youngstown, Ohio is home to America Makes and a burgeoning additive manufacturing business cluster.
- Exploitation Detection for Flexible Combat Avionics – $9 million in funding for developing critical technologies for cyber security and resilience of Air Force avionics and weapon systems. The University of Akron has a robust research and development program in this field.
- Competitively Awarded Technology Transition – $10 million to connect small businesses with military funding opportunities. This is a project already being worked on by the Ohio Federal Research Network as well as BRITE Energy Incubator (formerly Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center) of Warren, Ohio.
- Cyber Mission Assurance Team (CMAT) Pilot Program and Cross-Training National Guard Cyber Force – $2 million to strengthen National Guard Cyber Domestic Mission Assurance Capabilities. Ohio’s National Guard is a leader in the cyber domestic mission.
- High Energy Laser Weapon System for Counter-UAS – $10 million in research and development funding for high-energy laser weapon systems to defeat Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). UAS, or drones, have become widely available to both foreign and domestic actors and present an emerging threat.
- Passive Cooling Material Technology – $5 million for materials science research into passive cooling technology.
FY2020 Veterans Funding Bill Highlights
- Veterans Service Organization (VSO) Wellness Pilot Program – The bill extends for another two years a program created by Congressman Ryan to make grants to nonprofit Veterans Services Organizations recognized by the Secretary in accordance with section 5902 of title 38, United States Code. These grants will upgrade, through construction and repair, VSO community facilities into health and wellness centers and promote and expand complementary and integrative wellness programs.
- VetsCorps Pilot Program – An average of 20 veterans die from suicide every day. 14 of the approximately 20 veterans who die by suicide daily have not received care through the Department of Veterans Affairs, which shows that existing prevention efforts will fail to reach the majority of those in need. The bill directs the VA to create a $2,500,000 pilot program, carried out over a 2-year period, establishing a VetsCorps. This Corps will be designed to reach veterans wherever they are and provide a personal veteran-to-veteran connection to the VA.
- Whole Health Expansion – The bill provides $10,000,000 to expand on the innovative work that the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation is doing to approach veteran health with an integrative effort, known in the VA system as Whole Health.
- Posttraumatic Growth Pilot Program – The bill encourages the establishment of a pilot program to study the effectiveness and benefits of non-profit posttraumatic growth programs to determine the outcomes of such programs in contrast to traditional models of mental health care, the possible integration of such nonprofit programs into the mental health care programs provided by the Secretary, and the budgetary impacts of such integration. Posttraumatic growth programs show potential to provide suffering servicemembers and veterans with resilience and regained purpose.
- Adverse Childhood Experiences – The bill recognizes that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) exist within the veteran population at a substantially higher rate than in the general public. These experiences correlate with significant negative health outcomes, including on behavioral, mental and physical health. The bill encourages the Department to track ACEs among veterans and target individualized treatment.
- Veteran Suicide Prevention Grant Program – The bill provides additional $3,000,000 to continue and broaden efforts to coordinate veteran suicide prevention efforts under the PREVENTS Initiative. A primary focus of these efforts is to engender collaboration across public and private sectors to end the national tragedy of suicide, including the use of public-private partnerships. This is a strategy that is vital to address critical mental health issues in our veteran population. The VA established a public-private pilot program in six states and the District of Columbia to address the causes and contributing factors that lead to suicides among our veteran populations. Because firearms were used in nearly 70 percent of all veteran suicide deaths, an important focus of the pilot program includes the safe storage of firearms.