The Veterans Medical Research Foundation of San Diego is the only area foundation focusing on research designed to benefit veterans. But some of the research extends to the civilian population - the development of a vaccine for Shingles is a great example. The staff is dedicated and highly skilled in research administration, resulting in very lean administrative costs.
I have known and been around VMRF for about 12 years. This organization is so well run and focused on their mission to help veterans. It is a fanatastic organization and the management, staff, board are some of the brightest minds I have met. You wil never go wrong donation to this organization as they spend their funds in the right place for the right reasons.
We are working with the VMRF to identify research opportunities to develop new therapies for veterans with disabilities. We were introduced to VMRF through distinguished scientists and global thought-leaders, so we anticipated the caliber of work that VMRF would be associated with. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the dedication and effort that the staff and researchers at VMRF would exert to support the project. Kerstin and her staff are one of the hardest working, diligent and focused groups that I've been associated with. What would seemingly be impossible because of the nature of the project was handled professionally, and extremely effectively. VMRF worked extremely diligently to forward a proposal which required sensitivity, speed and collective organization. VMRF, specifically Kerstin, was not able to understand the scope of the project but able to accomplish all this within the short time we had to finish the proposal. All said, and done, it was less than a few days. Pretty amazing.
As an Executive Management professional for organizations that serve those who served this great country as members of the U.S. military forces, I greatly appreciate the work and dedication of the Veterans Medical Research Foundation (VMRF/ The Foundation) who honor military service with science. Throughout VMRF’s history, they have aligned themselves with the VASDHS in order to conduct valuable research that aides the health and welfare of the military veteran and humankind at large. World recognized scientists and medical professionals perform research in such areas as PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Cardiology, Immunology, Pulmonology, Diabetes, Alcohol and Chemical Dependency, Nuclear Medicine, and many others. It is with great pride that I continue to honor and serve those who have served and look forward to many quality of life advances that are propelled through VMRF and VA research.
This organization puts its money and heart into the support of research that directly benefits veterans of all generations. I have seen personally that all funding is carefully and thoughtfully managed.
The cause of the VMRF is a noble one - helping the men and women that have protected our country and the freedoms that we enjoy. Far too often we take for granted those that serve our country. In the current economic climate it is more difficult to find the means to financially support non-profits and others in need. Questions that come to my mind are "who is actually receiving benefit?" and "what percentage is going to those in need?" And then I think of the severe mental stress and physical trauma suffered by our veterans. I think of the treatment of our veterans (in our medical system and in society), and it leaves me wanting to do more. I never served in the military; the least I can do is to help support those that have. Causes that serve our veterans need all the help we can give them.
As an oncology specialized Research Management Organization, we collaborate with 8-10 VA research groups around the US. The VMRF at the VA San Diego was the first to establish a CRADA that re-enabled industry funded pharmaceutical trials within the VA system, after the federal government instituted the CRADA requirements. The quality of clinical investigators in the hematology-oncology department, and their professional research staff are a tremendous asset to clinical research at the VA. Together they are bringing advanced, research based treatment opportunities to American veterans in need of cancer care. We are very pleased to include VMRF and the other VA research institutes within our oncology research network.
I work with and have donated to this wonderful organization, which is founded on the principle that all veterans should have access to the finest, research-based healthcare -- honoring service with science. It is a private, not-for-profit organization that is not VA funded; it helps secure and administrate outside funding for the groundbreaking research being conducted by the physicians and scientists at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. As a donor, I know that the organization's administrative overhead is very low and that my dollars are going directly into better care for veterans.